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Another Ukrainian captain refuses to plead guilty before Russian court

Bohdan Nebylytsia, Commander of Nikopol Ukrainian armored boat called himself a prisoner of war
10:18, 15 December 2018
TASS

Commander of Nikopol, the Ukrainian armored boat Bohdan Nebylytsia, detained by Russian military near the Kerch Strait on November 25, refused to plead guilty and called himself a prisoner of war.  Lawyer Mykola Polozov, who coordinates the defense of the Ukrainian sailors, reported this on Facebook. 

‘Emil Kurbedinov, lawyer of the Ukrainian sailors visited Commander of Nikopol artillery boat Bohdan Nebylytsia.  

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According to the lawyer, Nebylytsia is doing alright. He looks cheerful and smiles. At that, he was transferred to different cells four times for the period of him being in Lefortovo remand center. There is another man with him in the cell, the name is Muhammad. Their relations are normal, but they do not communicate much,’ Polozov said. 

Investigative actions were carried out against Nebylytsia - just like with the other detained Ukrainian sailors; he became familiar with several resolutions on the appointment of examinations. An interrogation was carried out, during which he said that he was a prisoner of war. 

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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.    

‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message.  

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It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements.  

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law.  

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