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Donetsk resident accuses detained near Kerch Strait Ukraine's Security Service officer of torture

‘Torture’ allegedly happened in Berdyansk, time and location are unknown
10:15, 9 December 2018
AFP

A resident of Donetsk accused of torture one of the officers of the SBU, illegally detained on November 25 during the attack of the Russian military on Ukrainian Navy near the Kerch Strait in the Black Sea, Chief of Investigation Department of Russian FSB Mykhailo Shyshov claimed this on December 8.  

According to him, the resident of Donetsk “recognized” the officer of the Ukrainian special services on TV. He accused him of torture after detention, which allegedly took place in Berdyansk. The representative of the FSB did not disclose when exactly and under what circumstances it happened. Shyshov didn’t voice the name and the surname of the SBU officer, the name of “victim” from Donetsk is also unknown. 

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Law enforcement bodies in Donetsk became interested in the complaint and asked to provide them with relevant materials. The information about the incident was transferred to the security forces of the self-proclaimed republic. The check of “complaint” is being conducted. 

On November 25, the Russian naval group attacked the vessels of the Ukrainian Navy in Kerch Strait, as they were en route from Mariupol to Odesa. A tugboat and two small gunboats took fire and were immobilized. Russian Spetsnaz captured 24 Ukrainian sailors aboard the vessels. Six of them were wounded in the attack. The Ukrainian servicemen did not return fire.  

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The captured sailors were taken to a detention facility in the occupied Crimea. The Russian prosecutors charged them with 'illegal entry into the Russian territorial waters'. The Ukrainians deny any guilt, saying they obeyed their command's orders.  

Ukraine and a number of foreign governments demand to release the sailors, describing Russia's actions in the Kerch Strait as the act of military aggression. 

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