Andriy Drach, the employee of the SBU (Ukraine's state security service) who was among the detained Ukrainian sailors stated that he considered himself a prisoner of war. Artem Pepa, the member of the defense team of Ukrainian sailors posted that on Facebook.
'The investigation activity against my protege Andriy Drach took place at the FSB's investigation department today. During the interview, he claimed he considered himself a prisoner of war. As for the remaining questions, he refused to testify', the lawyer wrote.
He added that the prisoner felt good and was in a nice mood. He said he was grateful to the volunteers for the assistance and he hoped to get back home soon.
On December 25, detained sailors Yuriy Budzylo and Andriy Shevchenko joined their comrades in arms, saying they were POWs.
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. Currently, the captured men are at remand centers in Moscow.