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Detained Ukrainian sailors tell Russia they are POWs

The sailors have been visited by their lawyer
10:18, 16 December 2018
AFP

Commander Volodymyr Lisovyi, the crew member of detained by Russia ‘Yany Kapu’ sea mule tugboat in the Black Sea, claimed that he considers himself a prisoner of war. His lawyer Mykola Polozov reported this on Facebook. 

‘Yesterday, the lawyer of our defense team visited prisoner of war, Ukrainian sailor Volodymyr Lisovyi. Lisovyi stated that he thinks he is a prisoner of war,’ reads the message. 

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The meeting took place on December 14 in the investigator's office in the Investigation Department of the Federal Security Service of Russia at the beginning of the investigative actions. 

‘Volodymyr feels good, he didn’t express any complaints or asked a favor. He received his package. According to him, he doesn’t need anything, as of now. The same as the rest of the sailors, who were visited by the lawyers of our crew, Lisovyi claimed that he considers himself a prisoner of war,’ reads the message. 

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The lawyer has also added that it is complicated for lawyers to get in Lefortovo remand center, in particular, because of specific features of operation of the remand center. Although, all lawyers will be able to see the sailors within two weeks. 

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.    

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‘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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