POW, Ukrainian sailor Viktor Bespalchenko detained in Moscow remand center got only one letter from relatives as his lawyer Olha Oparenko reported on Facebook.
“During all the time, Viktor has got only one letter; however, the relatives and close people often write him letters, but, they are not delivered to the sailor for some reason. He wrote the requests for the dates and phone calls,” she wrote.
According to the lawyer, Russian ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova has visited Ukrainian sailor.
“Viktor learns English on his own... Viktor is in a good mood, he sends his regards and asks people not to worry about him,” Oparenko said.
As we reported, lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who deals with the defense of Ukrainian prisoners of war, confirmed that three Ukrainian sailors wounded in the Russian Navy attack on Ukrainian ships were brought from Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. He also added that it happened on Monday, January 28.
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.