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Ukrainian sailors kept in hospital after Kerch Strait incident arrested for two months

November 27, 2018, 21:20 UTC+3

Three Ukrainian seamen who were injured in the November 25 incident in the Kerch Strait have been arrested for two months

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SIMFEROPOL, November 27. /TASS/. Three Ukrainian seamen who were injured in the November 25 incident in the Kerch Strait and are now undergoing in-patient medical treatment have been arrested for a term of two months by Kerch’s City Court.

The court said on Tuesday the three men were arrested on charges of violating the Russian border (part 3, Article 322 of the Russian Criminal Court).

Earlier in the day, a court in Simferopol placed twelve Ukrainian navy sailors were under two-month arrest on charges of Illegal border crossing organized by a group of persons with prior agreement, by an organized group, or with use of violence or threat of violence (part 3, Article 322 of the Russian Criminal Code). These charges carry a punishment of up to six years in prison. The rest of the detained Ukrainian sailors will face court on Wednesday.

Kerch Strait incident

In violation of the rules of passage via Russia’s territorial sea and the Kerch Strait, three warships of the Ukrainian Navy crossed Russia’s state border on November 25. The Russian side had to use weapons to compel the ships to stop. Three Ukrainian servicemen were lightly wounded. They received medical assistance. The ships were detained and escorted to the port of Kerch. A criminal case was initiated on border violation charges.

The Russian side described the incident as a provocation. Meanwhile the Ukrainian authorities have imposed martial law following the incident. The European Union and NATO, in turn, have called for de-escalation of the situation.

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