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We did not violate anyone's borders, I plead innocent, - Ukrainian sailor detained in Crimea

Lawyer Edem Semedlyayev shared the course of his talks with Cpt. Oleg Melnychuk captured during the attack of Russian gunboats in the Sea of Azov
18:48, 27 November 2018

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Russian Spetsnaz applied force against Ukrainian sailors when boarding their vessels in Kerch Strait. Oleg Melnychuk, the commander of Ukrainian tugboat Yeni Kapi told that to his lawyer Edem Semedlyayev, as reporter Anton Naumlyuk posted on Facebook.

According to the latter, Semedlyayev visited his client in Bilohirsk detention center in Crimea.

'He's holding on fine. He said when they (Russian Spetsnaz, - 112 International) detained them, they applied physical force but did not beat them hard. They interrogated him, and he said how it happened: 'We were standing still, waiting for the marine pilot, and then they attacked us. We did not violate anyone's borders; I do not consider myself guilty', the lawyer said.  

'This is the political case and the sailors became hostages to this situation', Naumlyuk added. He also said that another two Ukrainian sailors, Vyacheslav Zinchenko and Yevhen Semydotsky were taken to the same center in Bilohirsk.

As we reported earlier the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.   

Related: Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia at Kerch Strait transferred for “trial” in Simferopol, - Mejlis Chairman

Kyiv demanded from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors are wounded and two of them were in the critical condition.

Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova named the exact number of the detained Ukrainian servicemen – 24. Moskalkova added that “procedural actions connected with the establishment of the facts of the events. If a military vessel enters the waters, certainly, this is a violation of the borders, this is a socially dangerous act, which demands a special qualification and procedure.”

Related: Kremlin tells when Putin explains situation in Azov Sea area

Later it was reported that the Ukrainian servicemen taken captive in Kerch Strait are being forced to give false testimony. The Commander of Ukraine’s Navy noted that the lawyers have already met with this military.

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