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'I'm fine, don't worry', arrested Ukrainian sailor writes in note for his family

Serhiy Tsybizov passed the note via his lawyer; the sailor claimed to be innocent and reported pressure by Russian special services
12:50, 28 November 2018

Ukrainian sailor, captured by Russian FSB in Crimea
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'I'm fine, don't worry. Love, kisses to all of you', reads the note by Serhiy Tsybizov, one of the Ukrainian sailors captured by Russian special services in Kerch Strait. The serviceman sent his family a brief message, using the aid of his lawyer Oksana Zheleznyak, as Krym.Realii news agency reported.

According to the news agency, Tsybizov claimed to be innocent and reported pressure by Russian special services. 'Tsybizov told the lawyer that they did not torture him, but 'applied pressure to make him testify'. He never admitted his guilt and said he obeyed his command's orders', the reporter wrote.  

As is known, the Ukrainian Parliament passed the bill, which confirmed the presidential decree on imposing the martial law in Ukraine. This is due to the crisis in Azov Sea, where Russian naval group attacked and captured three Ukrainian vessels along with the crew.

Earlier, Poroshenko had an interview with reporters of three Ukrainian TV channels; in it, he said that the attack of the Russian Navy and the subsequent capture of Ukrainian vessels in the Sea of Azov is an extraordinary event, the first of such kind over four and a half years of the Russian aggression. The President explained why Ukraine imposed martial law just now, not any other time since the beginning of the Russian aggression in Ukraine in spring 2014. 'Actually, what happened on November 25 was an extraordinary event, first time over 4.5 years of the Russian aggression. Officially, without tearing down their chevrons, without any 'little green men', Russian military vessels - in huge amount - attacked the ships of Ukraine's Armed Forces', Poroshenko said. The president stressed that the actual threat of full-fledged Russian military invasion in Ukraine remains.

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