Moscow court extends arrest of 4 Ukrainian sailors until April 24 – RIA

MOSCOW: A court in Moscow on Tuesday ordered the first four of 24 Ukrainian sailors seized by Russia off the coast of Crimea last year to be held in pre-trial detention until April 24, RIA and Interfax news agencies reported.

Russia seized the men and three Ukrainian navy vessels on Nov. 25 near Russian-annexed Crimea. Moscow accuses them of illegally entering Russian waters, something Kiev denies.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Andrey Ostroukh)

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