More than 10 Russian officers to be notified about suspicion in attack at Ukrainian ships

Source : 112 Ukraine

Deputy Head of Border Guard Service of Russia’s FSB and seven suspected in the attack at the Ukrainian ships put on the wanted list
18:19, 4 December 2018

Conflict in Sea of Azov

The Ukrainian side plans to notify about suspicion in the involvement in the aggression against the ships of Ukraine’s Naval Forces more than 10 Russian officers, as Larysa Sargan, the spokeswoman of Prosecutor General of Ukraine reported on Facebook.

“In the nearest time we plan to notify about suspicion to more than 10 officers of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, Border Guard Service of Russia’s FSB, and Russian Air Force from the junior officers to the generals,” she noted.

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Besides, Sargan reminded that earlier eight Russian law enforcers and border guards of Russia's FSB, who attacked the Ukrainian sailors were notified about suspicion.

Particularly: Head of the Border Department of Russia’s FSB in Sevastopol and Counter Admiral Stankevich S.; Deputy Head of the Border Department of Russia’s FSB, Head of Coast Guard Department and Vice-admiral Medvedev G.; Head of Command and Control Service of Russia’s FSB in Sevastopol, including patrol boats “Izumrud” and “Don” and Captain 1st rank Romashkin G.; Deputy Head of the Office, Head of Command and Control Service of Russia’s FSB and Captain 1st rank Shein A.; Head of Command and Control Service of Russia’s FSB in Kerch and Captain 2nd rank Shatokhin A.; Commander of Border Escort Ship “Don” and Captain 2nd rank Saliaev A.; Commander of Escort Ship “Izumrud” and Captain 3rd rank Shipitsyn A.; Commander of Small Anti-Submarine Warfare “Suzdalets” and Captain 3rd rank Scherbakov S.

Related: Small vessels not allowed to enter Black Sea in Ukraine's Odesa region

According to her, on November 28, they were put on the wanted list and now there are the court rulings on their detention for the indictee for the consideration of the appeals on the choosing of the restrictive measure for them in the form of the arrest.

Sargan emphasized that 17 volumes of the evidence of the Russian aggression against Naval Forces of Ukraine were gathered during seven days of the pretrial investigation.

Related: Kremlin calls seized Ukrainian ships “physical evidence”

“The pretrial investigation body is the investigation department of the SBU in Odesa region. The procedural control over the criminal proceeding is held by Military Prosecutor’s Office of the Southern region of Ukraine,” she 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.   

Related: 170 vessels wait for passage in either direction in Kerch Strait

21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the Kerch Strait incident.

Related: NATO to support Ukraine in case of Russia's continuous aggression

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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