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22 Ukrainian sailors declare themselves POWs, - lawyer

Source : 112 Ukraine

Thus, 22 of 24 detained Ukrainian sailors declared themselves POWs
11:57, 26 December 2018

One of the Ukrainian sailors detained in the Kerch Strait by Russia on November 25, 2018
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Andriy Drach, Nikopol boat's crew member, detained by Russia in the Black Sea, declared himself a POW. Artem Pepa, the representative of the lawyers’ group defending the Ukrainian sailors, reported on Facebook.

“Today, investigative actions were conducted with my defendant Andriy Drach. Within the questioning, he declared himself a POW. He refused to answer the rest of the questions,” the lawyer wrote.

Related: SBU agent detained among Ukrainian sailors in Kerch Strait claims himself POW

He added that the prisoner “is fine, he thanks all the volunteers for support, he is in a positive mood and hopes to come back soon”.

Earlier, the crew members of “Yany Kapu” Yuriy Budzylo and Andriy Shevchenko declared themselves POWs.

Related: Another Ukrainian sailor claimed to be POW, - lawyer

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.

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