Sailor of Nikopol armored boat Serhiy Tsybizov detained by the Russian military near Kerch Strait claimed that he was a prisoner of war. Lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who coordinates the defense of the Ukrainian sailors reported this on Facebook.
“Today, the lawyer of our defense team of the imprisoned Ukrainian sailors, Sergei Novikov, visited Serhiy Tsybizov, the prisoner of war from the armored boat.
He is in good spirits, he is not depressed. The pressure was not applied on him. He is detained in the double cell with a person named Dmitry. They almost do not communicate. Like the other eight Ukrainian sailors, who were questioned earlier Serhiy Tsybizov claimed (...) that he considered himself a prisoner of war. He refused to give another testimony,” Polozov reported on Facebook.
At the same time, Tsybizov reported that his heart sores a bit periodically, according to him it “aches”, such feelings last from 15 minutes up to an hour. He has already appealed to the doctor of Lefortovo prison and now expects a medical examination.
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.