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Scoop of the weekend: sailors' health, Russians in Donbas

Scoop of the weekend: sailors' health, Russians in Donbas

Three wounded Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia off the Kerch Strait – Andriy Eyder, Andriy Artemenko and Vasyl Soroka – have been transferred from Moscow's Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo remand centre without warning, according to Russian activist Viktoriya Ivleva.

Earlier, lawyer Nikolay Polozov said their possible transfer raised concerns as Lefortovo is not properly equipped for medical help.

Another captured Ukrainian sailor Volodymyr Tereshchenko is held in a cold cell in Lefortovo and has not received any of the numerous letters his family sent him, lawyer Anastasiya Georgiyevskaya said after visiting him.

Russia has tripled its reconnaissance capacity in Donbas, which may attest to its plans for a full-scale attack on Ukraine, Joint Forces Commander Serhiy Nayev has said in an interview with the Novoye Vremya weekly. "There are more sabotage and reconnaissance groups, more radio interception groups, more spies. This usually happens on the eve of an attack," he said.

There are around 50 Russian combat ships in the Black Sea, including four submarines, according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defence Ministry.

The OSCE has spotted six self-propelled howitzers close to the separatist-controlled village of Myrne in Luhansk Region. This type of weapons must have been withdrawn from the line of contact.

Roman Bezsmertnyy has announced the formation of a political party called Rukh +380. It is yet to be registered with the Justice Ministry.

Nadiya Savchenko's Civic Political Platform has nominated her for president at a congress attended by over 100 delegates. She has been in custody since March 2018 on suspicion of plotting a violent seizure of power and attacks on the country's leadership.

The Will (Volya) political party has nominated unaffiliated MP Yuriy Derevyanko for president. He is known for his support for Ukrainian ex-governor and Georgian ex-President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Police have detained a Kharkiv crime boss known as Valerson and a slush fund manager. One of them had a Makarov pistol and a bag of white stuff looking like methadone.

Legendary Ukrainian sports commentator Serhiy Derepa died, 64.

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