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Court to decide on measure of restraint for Ukrainian sailors within two days

On November 25, three Ukrainian warships illegally encroached on Russia’s state border in the Black Sea

SIMFEROPOL, November 27. /TASS/. The Simferopol City Court will determine a measure of restraint for the 24 Ukrainian sailors, who had violated the Russian border while passing through the Kerch Strait, within two days, Crimean Human Rights Ombudsperson Lyudmila Lubina told reporters on Tuesday.

"An investigator has told me that a measure of restraint for the Ukrainian sailors will be determined today or tomorrow," she said.

Kerch Strait incident

On November 25, three ships from the Ukrainian Navy - the Berdyansk, the Nikopol and the Yany Kapu - illegally crossed Russia’s border and tried to carry out some illegal actions in Russian territorial waters later in the day. They ignored legitimate demands to stop issued by vessels belonging to the FSB Border Service and the Black Sea Fleet and continued maneuvering dangerously. In order to stop the Ukrainian ships, weapons had to be used. The three vessels were detained in Russian territorial waters. Three Ukrainian military servicemen suffered light wounds and were provided with medical assistance. A criminal investigation has been opened into the border incident.