Crew member of Yany Kapu tug boat claimed to be POW

Source : 112 Ukraine

Yevhen Semydotskyi is now the 18th sailor who identified himself as a prisoner of war in the Russian prison
12:39, 22 December 2018
Conflict in Sea of Azov

Yevhen Semydotskyi, the crew member of Yany Kapu tugboat detained by the Russian special service in the Kerch strait told on the FSB’s report that he is a prisoner of war. Lawyer Nikolai Polozov reported this on Facebook. 

Polozov reported that Mykola Fomin, lawyer for the protection team of the Ukrainian sailors visited Semydotskyi before the investigative activities, they managed to have a private conversation. The lawyer said that Yevhen is in a good mood and physically, he feels well, too. 

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‘During the interrogation at the investigative actions, Yevhen Semydotskyi stated in the protocol that he is a prisoner of war,’ Polozov claimed. 

According to Polozov, Semydotskyi became the 18th of the 24 detained sailors who identified himself as a prisoner of war to the detective of the Office of Investigations of the Federal Security Service of Russia.

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According to the data of lawyer Sergey Badamshin, yet 19 out of 24 Ukrainian sailors kept in Moscow identified themselves as prisoners of war.

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.

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