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Two more Ukrainian sailors call themselves POWs, - lawyer

The lawyers warned the detainees about phycological pressure by the Russian officers
21:05, 24 December 2018
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Two Ukrainian sailors from Yany Kapu ship, Yurii Budzylo and Andrii Shevchenko claimed to be prisoners of war. Lawyer Nikolai Polozov claimed that on Facebook. 

‘During the investigation actions, Yurii Budzylo claimed on the protocol that he is a prisoner of war. He refused to give any other testimony,’ Polozov claimed. 

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He also said that lawyer Azamatov was offered to talk to Budzylo before the beginning of the investigation actions. 

‘He feels good, as well as the mood. He said he received the clothes and food the volunteers sent. He does not need anything, as of now,’ Polozov said. 

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‘Lawyer Azamatov warned Budzylo of the FSB personnel attempts to physiologically pressure on the Ukrainian sailors, in order to make them plead guilty,’ Polozov added. 

On November 25, 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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‘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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