PACE deputies, with whom the relatives of the imprisoned Ukrainian sailors met in Strasbourg, promised to support the resolution of the Ukrainian delegation on Azov, as Viktor Soroka, father of one of the POWs, said, 112 Ukraine reported.
“We talked to the deputies from Lithuania, Germany, they promise us support, they promise to come tomorrow and support the resolution of the Ukrainian delegation,” he said.
Besides, he told about how he found out about son’s capture.
“I asked his to come home but he said he had a lot of work, so he couldn’t make it. Then at around 3:30 I knew that “Yany Kapu” tugboat was rammed, and my heart felt something bad. At 5 pm I had a call from his boss, he said that they were coming back, that everything was fine. Then I was online. At around 8-8:30 I received information that Russians shot at “Berdyansk” vessel, senior sergeant was injured. I felt that this was war. Over 60 days of his capture I slept maybe four night. All the parents and relatives live like this in such situation,” he noted.
On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked 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. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.
All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, another - to 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 attack in the Kerch Strait.
Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019 Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.