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Ukraine's Security Service reveals conversation of Russian military command

The piece confirms that Russian authority gave a direct order to the Russian sailors to ram “Yanu Kapu” tug
16:12, 30 November 2018

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Ukraine’s Security Service intercepted the radio communications one of the Russian Security Service officers and the captain of “Don”, which rammed the Ukrainian tug “Yany Kapu”, as Igor Guskov, the Chief of Staff of Security Service, said at the briefing, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

“On November 28, another radio communications of one of the Russian Security Service officers and the captain of “Don” Saliayev, thanks to the technical capacities of the Ukrainian special services. Saliayev commanded “Don” ship, which rammed the Ukrainian tug “Yany Kapu”. According to the intercepted radio communications, Russian Security Service officer controls the volume level of two sentences which are being retransmitted from “Don”. At the end of the conversation, the Russian officer puts time marks 2:30, 2:35 of another recording, which is a benchmark for him,” he said.

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The time marks 2:30, 2:35 appeared to be taken from the pieces of other radio communications, which Ukraine’s Armed Forces General Staff revealed on November 26, 2018.

“It is about the conversation between the officials of Russians Navy Operations Service and the command of the Russian naval vessels, which chased Ukrainian vessels while they were cruising to the Kerch Strait. The piece confirms that Russian authority gave a direct order to the Russian sailors to ram “Yanu Kapu” tug. Besides, it was noted that after the ram of two Russian vessels “Don” and “Izumrud” collided,” Guskov 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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