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Ukrainian sailors held in Russian custody read a lot, learn languages, - Gerashchenko

Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament said she received letters from four POWs
18:51, 13 June 2019

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Ukrainian sailors who are now illegally held at Lefortovo remand center have been reading a lot and learning foreign languages. Iryna Gerashchenko, the Vice Speaker of the Parliament posted that on her Facebook page.

She mentioned that she had received letters from four POWs - Captain Denys Hrytsenko and his comrades Bohdan Holovash, Yuriy Bezyazychny and Viktor Bezpalchenko.

'In their letters, they thank Ukraine and Ukrainians for their support, for the hearty postcards. They really miss and ache for their families who have been going through tough times. They ask to support their families. The guys write that the letters of Ukrainians help them keep the combat spirit; that in their spare time, they read a lot and learn foreign languages. They miss their families a lot, they miss the sea and the waves, and they believe Ukraine would rescue them', Gerashchenko wrote.

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In November 2018, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked 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. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.

All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

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