‘Vladyslav Kostyshyn’s birthday is on Sunday, December 30. Vladyslav is one 24 Ukrainian sailors, who were unlawfully captured by the Russian Federation on November 25, 2018. Unfortunately, the Ukrainian defender will be in captivity on his birthday. He stands for the national interests of his nation, his country,’ reads the message.
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.
21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital. 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.