All 24 Ukrainian sailors detained in the Kerch Strait claimed themselves prisoners of war. Nikolai Polozov, the Russian lawyer posted that on Facebook.
'As of December 27, 2018, all 24 captured Ukrainian sailors told the investigation team they were the POWs', reads the post.
Polozov added that the wounded sailors Andriy Eider and Andriy Artemenko stated on their status in the conversation with the Russian investigators on Thursday.
'The sailors are acting within the common strategy. It gives a common well-adjusted position, which, if used along with the legal, diplomatic, political levers, should lead to political decisions on their release. The entire civilized world considers them POWs, and only Russian government consider them criminals', Polozov said on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
As we reported earlier, the Russian Navy attacked the Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov. The vessels were damaged, and the crews captured by the Russian special services. Ukraine and the Western governments consider the attack an act of aggression. The Ukrainian sailors were taken to a remand center in Crimea, and then in Moscow, charged with the 'illegal crossing of the Russian territorial waters'. All sailors deny their guilt, claiming they are prisoners of war.