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Ukrainian Navy commander addresses sailors in occupied Crimea

All detainees received the letter, in which Admiral Ihor Voronchenko promises that Ukraine would do everything to get them back
15:54, 27 November 2018

Igor Voronchenko, the Commander of the Ukrainian Navy
Radio Liberty

Ihor Voronchenko, the Ukrainian Navy Commander-In-Chief turned to the sailors captured by Russian special service agents in the Sea of Azov. His letter was uploaded on the Facebook page of the Navy HQ.

'Brothers! I understand how difficult it is for you now. All combat sailors of the Navy treat the so-called testimonies, which they are now trying to get from you, with understanding. For the methods of the Russian special services are a secret to no one. I faced this on my own in 2014', Voronchenko wrote.  

He added that Ukraine stays with the captured sailors, doing everything on all levels to bring them back. 

'We are one crew, one family, and we will fight along with you until you get back', the Navy commander wrote.

He urged his men to stay courageous. 'You acted within the law, you acted professionally, according to the norms of the international maritime law and the acting agreements. The law is on our side, and the whole world understands that', Voronchenko added.

All Ukrainian detainees received the letter, as they stay in detention and now face arrests in the occupied Crimea. 

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which were moving from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Six Ukrainian sailors were wounded, and three ships were captured by Russian spetsnaz. In turn, the Parliament adopted the draft law on the imposition of martial law in certain regions of Ukraine.

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