Moscow’s Lefortovo Court on Wedenesday ruled to prolong the arrest term for six out of 24 Ukrainian sailors detained for breaching the Russian border in the Kerch Strait. The detention term for them was prolonged for three months until October 24.

Similar motions of investigators regarding the other sailors will be heard in the near future, the court said.

Russian Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova said earlier on Ukrainian television that Moscow was ready to release the Ukrainian sailors and return the ships under Kiev’s obligation to ensure the sailors’ further participation in the proceedings.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told journalists on Monday that Moscow and Kiev were discussing the exchange of the Ukrainian sailors.

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