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Media published list of Ukrainian sailors captured during Azov Sea crisis

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin claimed that the captured Ukrainian crews by Russia are prisoners of war
20:39, 26 November 2018
Conflict in Sea of Azov
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Mass media revealed the list of military sailors who have been aboard ships ‘Berdyansk’, ‘Nikopol,’ and ‘Yana Kapu.’ The relevant list was provided to Ukraine's TSN media outlet.

Official sources reported on 23 detainees but the list the TSN received includes only 18 names. It is noted that not all of them were the members of the crew.

‘Berdyansk’ armored artillery boat:

- Commander – Lieutenant Roman Mokriak (birth year: 1986)

- Senior sailor – Yuriy Bezyazychnyi (birth year: 1990)

- Senior sailor – Andrii Artemenko (birth year: 1994)

- Sailor – Andrii Eider (birth year: 1999)

- Senior sailor – Bohdan Holovash (birth year: 1996)

- Captain – Denys Hrytsenko (birth year: 1984)

‘Nikopol’ armored artillery boat:

- Commander – Senior Lieutenant Bohdan Nebylytsia (birth year: 1994)

- Senior sailor – Viacheslav Zinchenko (birth year: 1994)

- Sailor – Serhii Tsybyzov (birth year: 1997)

- Captain- Lieutenant Serhii Popov (birth year: 1991)

- Petty Officer – Vladyslav Kostyshyn (birth year: 1994)

- Senior sailor – Andrii Oprysko (birth year: 1971)

‘Yany Kapu’ sea mule tugboat:

- Commander – Petty Officer Oleh Melnychuk (birth year: 1995)

- Senior Sailor – Mykhailo Vlasiuk (birth year: 1984)

- Senior Sailor – Viktor Bezpalchenko (birth year: 1987)

- Sailor – Yevhen Semydotskyi (birth year: 1998)

- Commander – Volodymyr Lisovyi (birth year: 1984)

Earlier today, media reported that three Ukrainian sailors in Kerch are in stable condition. Later, media stated the names of three detained sailors: Andrii Artemenko, Vasyl Soroka, and Andrii Eider.

Commissioner of the Ukrainian Parliament for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova claimed that the half of the Ukrainian sailors detained in the Sea of Azov are in a Hospital in Kerch, another half is in Russian border department.

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As it was reported, Viktor Muzhenko, Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, told the entire course of events which lead to the escalation of the crisis in the Sea of Azov at the National Security and Defence Council session.

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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‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message. 

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It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost.

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 

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