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Captured Ukrainian sailors sustained six kinds of attacks in Kerch Strait

The sixth kind of the violence against the sailors continues even now
16:02, 29 November 2018

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) revealed different forms of attacks, performed by the Russian side against the Ukrainian sailors captured in Kerch Strait. Oleg Frolov, the Deputy SBU Head, made such statement, as 112 Ukraine reported.

'In fact, the Ukrainian military survived by the miracle. They sustained six various kinds of attacks. That included ramming of Ukraine's small tugboat Yanu Kapy by the vessel of Russian FSB Border Guard; the use of two air-to-ground missiles, launched from Russian multirole fighter Sukhoi Su-30; the use of two air-to-ground missiles launched from gunship Kamov Ka-52; the use of large-caliber armament of the ships (as they shelled cabin with the sailors); the boarding of Russian Spetsnaz and the physical violence against our sailors.'

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The sixth kind of violence against the sailors continues even now. “…Physical, moral, psychological pressure, illegal arrest of 24 our sailors, admission refusal, and concealing information on health of three Ukrainian war prisoners wounded as the result of the armed Russian attack,” he added.

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against 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.   

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Given the tough situation in the area of Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov, President Petro Poroshenko supported the offer of Ukraine's national security and defense council; it stipulates that the Ukrainian Parliament should consider the option to impose the martial law in Ukraine.

On November 28, the Uriadovy Kurier, the official outlet of the Ukrainian Cabinet, published the presidential decree No.392, which activates the decision of the National Security and Defense Council in Ukraine about the 30-days-long martial law in Ukraine. 

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On November 27-28, Kyiv District Court of Simferopol arrested all Ukrainian sailors until January 25, 2019, who were detained by Russian border officers.

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