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Court arrests first of Ukrainian sailors detained off Crimea coast

Vladimir Varimez from Ukraine’s Odessa Region was arrested until January 25

SIMFEROPOL, November 27. /TASS/. A court in Simferopol, which is deciding on Tuesday on a pre-trial measure for the Ukrainian sailors who violated Russia’s state border in the Kerch Strait has arrested the first of the detainees for two months, a TASS correspondent reported from the courtroom.

Vladimir Varimez from Ukraine’s Odessa Region born in 1992 was arrested until January 25. He is charged under Part 3 of Section 322 of Russia’s Criminal Code ("Illegal border crossing by a group of individuals by prior collusion or by an organized group, or with the use of violence or with the threat of its use"). He pleaded not guilty.