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Ukrainian sailor captured in Kerch Strait shares cell with ex-minister of unnamed Caucasian republic

Source : 112 Ukraine

Like his brothers in arms who currently stay in the detention center in Moscow, Vyacheslav Zinchenko considers himself a POW, saying he would not testify before the Russian court
10:08, 14 December 2018

Ukrainian sailor Vyacheslav Zinchenko, captured by Russian Spetsnaz in Kerch Strait
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A lawyer visited Ukrainian sailor Vyacheslav Zinchenko, one of those captured by the Russian military on the damaged Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait. Nikolai Polozov, the supervising lawyer who coordinates the defense procedure of the Ukrainian POWs reported that on Facebook.

'He's a young and shy boy who turned 20 in summer. The first thing he asked was how much time he had to spend in Lefortovo (the detention centre in Moscow, - 112 International). He got upset when they told him the investigation team would most likely ask the court to extend the detention period. He said he wanted to complete his higher education; he already submitted the documents for the naval academy. He's in good mood, not depressed', the lawyer reported.

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It appeared that the Ukrainian sailor shares a cell with the ex-minister of some unnamed Caucasian republic. He said the man 'prays all the time', does not talk much but gladly shares his food.

'There's a fridge and a TV with three Russian TV channels. Zinchenko was really surprised when he saw what the [Russian] propaganda says about him and his comrades. Vyacheslav wrote several letters to his family, but for some reason, they were censored and returned to sender. However, there were several support letters from Moscow and St. Petersburg', Polozov wrote.

Just like his brothers in arms who currently stay in the detention center in Moscow, Vyacheslav Zinchenko considers himself a POW, saying he would not testify before the Russian court.

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