“The lawyer Edem Semedlyayev spoke with the defendant, Oleg Melnychuk, who said that it was warm in his cell and he had enough money. The lawyer read father’s SMS to him: “We are all waiting for you!”,” the message says.
Melnychuk also stated that Russian jailers seized two letters addressed to the sailor.
It was also noted that on December 26, the judge of the Russia-controlled Supreme Court of Crimea Tatyana Melnik rejected the appeal of Melnychuk’s defence, so he stays in Moscow prison till January 24.
On November 25, 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.
21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.