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One of captured Ukrainian sailors suffers heavy wounds to his legs, uses crutches to walk, - Ukrainian Navy

Another man had his fingers amputated due to the wound, which he sustained during the Russian Navy attack on Ukrainian ships on November 25
09:27, 7 December 2018

Captured Ukrainian sailor in Moscow, December 2018
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The wounded Ukrainian sailors underwent surgeries in the detention center in Moscow. Pryamyi TV channel reported that on Friday morning, quoting Viktoriya Khrystenko, the counselor to Ukrainian Navy commander.

'One of the men sustains heavy injuries to his legs, and the fact that he uses crutches to walk does not tell us a thing. We don't see his wounds or what kind of surgery he undertook at the detention center. One of the guys had his fingers amputated', Khrystenko said.

This information came from the volunteers who helped the sailors during their stay in the detention center in Simferopol.

Khrystenko also urged people to write letters for Ukrainian sailors; the letters should be in the Russian language, containing no national symbols of Ukraine. No political topics should be mentioned; otherwise, the prison censorship will not let the letter through.   

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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