Ruptly is LIVE on Wednesday, July 17, as Moscow’s Lefortovski Court is considering custody extension for the 24 Ukrainian sailors, who are accused of illegally crossing the Russian border in the Kerch Strait in December.

Ukraine says its ships are allowed to pass freely through the Kerch Strait under international law. But Russia accused Kiev of a 'provocation' saying it was coordinated by Ukraine's Security Service.

On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Russia and Ukraine are discussing a possible exchange of the Ukrainian sailors.

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