During the current week, the Investigative Department of the FSB of Russia carried out investigative actions against a part of the Ukrainian prisoners of war. Prisoners of war Eugene Semidotsky, Yuri Budzylo, Bogdan Nebylitsa, Vladimir Tereshchenko, Andrei Oprysko, Andrei Drach, Andrei Eyder and Sergei Popov, the investigation charged with the final wording of part 3 of art. 322 of the Criminal Code (“Illegal crossing of the state border of the Russian Federation committed by an organized group”)
- wrote the lawyer.
The lawyer said that the defenders and their clients have already been acquainted with the results of a commission situational forensic examination. Now the same procedure awaits the remaining Ukrainian sailors (24 in total). He added that the completion of this stage of investigative actions means the completion of the collection and procedural consolidation of evidence in the framework of the preliminary investigation, emphasizing that after this there will come the stage of familiarizing the defendants and their defenders with the criminal case materials.
The lawyer noted that at the end of July 2019, the terms of detention of Ukrainian sailors expire. In this connection, the investigation, without a doubt, will forward the relevant applications for the extension of the terms of detention to the Lefortovo court of Moscow. At the same time, the position of protection remains the same:
Captured sailors are prisoners of war and are protected by the III Geneva Convention of 1949 on the treatment of prisoners of war, which is confirmed, inter alia, by PACE resolutions 2259 of January 24.01.2019, 2292 and 26.06.2019 of June XNUMX, XNUMX, as well as by the report of the OHCHR.
The lawyer is sure that the detained Ukrainian sailors are immune in accordance with Art. 95 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and in accordance with the order of the United Nations International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea dated 25.05.2019 (which Russia does not recognize) should be immediately released.
We remind you that on November 25, 2018, a group of the Ukrainian Navy consisting of two small armored artillery boats (MBAK) of the Gyurza type - Berdyansk and Nikopol, as well as a tugboat (so that the boats did not drown along the way) Yany Kapu, with 24 Ukrainian military personnel on board (seamen and SBU officers), on the orders of the Kiev authorities, they provoked a dangerous provocation in the Kerch Strait for shipping. After that, the watercraft and military personnel were detained and delivered to Kerch.