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Defence Ministry to provide gradual support to Ukrainian sailors

Stepan Poltorak, the Head of the Ministry, said that the institution coordinated its actions with the relatives of the sailors and group of lawyers
13:50, 30 November 2018

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Ukraine’s Defence Ministry will be gradually providing support Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia, as Stepan Poltorak, the Head of the Ministry, said at the President’s meeting on country’s defence capacity, 112 Ukraine reported.

“We will be providing this assistance step by step. Besides, Ukraine’s Navy leadership met with the relatives and parents of our sailors and coordinated its actions, organized cooperation. We completely realize what actions we should take, we created a group on the provision of legal aid, a group of lawyers is working with the sailors, who provide them with legal services. We are in contact with the parents and we plan to extend our support for the servicemen. We will not leave them,” the Minister said.

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Earlier, the Defence Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak stated that he signed a decree on providing material assistance in the amount of $1,700 for every Ukraine’s Navy servicemen who carried out a mission in Kerch Strait and were taken captive by Russians on November 25, 2018.

Poltorak also informed that on November 28, the representatives of Ukraine’s Naval Forces Command had a meeting with the families of the war prisoners on their rights and to decide on issues.  

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As it was reported, on November 27-28, Russia-controlled “court” in Crimea arrested all the Ukrainian sailors including the injured ones for 60 days. They are accused of illegal crossing of the Russian border.

Today, on November 30, it was reported that Russia intended to transfer some of the prisoners to Lefortovo prison. Earlier, Akhtem Chyigoz, the Deputy Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, said that the sailors were taken to a prison in occupied Simferopol.

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