The Lefortovo District Court of Moscow ruled to extend the detention period to all 24 Ukrainian prisoner-of-war sailors as reported by lawyer Nikolai Polozov.

According to him, such decisions were made by the court at a meeting on July 17. All 24 prisoners of war continued their detention for three months.

“The term of detention extended to 24 October for the 21 prisoners of war and the three wounded – Andriy Artemenko, Andriy Eider and Vasуl Soroka – for the period up to October 26, 2019. The difference is due to the fact that, with the initial election of a preventive measure in November last year in Crimea, the court for the wounded was held separately and later than the court on other prisoners of war,” explained the lawyer.

According to Nikolai Polozov, all four court sessions were held at the request of prosecutors in closed mode.

“None of the petitions for defense in four court hearings involving the receipt of copies of the order of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, according to which Ukrainian prisoners of war should be immediately released, were satisfied,” wrote the defender and added that he would challenge the “court’s” decision today.

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