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Detained Ukrainian sailors write letters from Russian prison

Source : 112 Ukraine

Members of “Berdyansk” motorboat crew Andriy Eyder and Andriy Artemenko told about the conditions of detention in Moscow prison
16:24, 11 December 2018

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Ukrainian sailors, the members of the crew of “Berdyansk” motorboat Andriy Eyder and Andriy Artemenko, kept in “Matrosskaya Tishina” prison in Moscow wrote and sent letters, as TSN reported.

The sailors inform that they are completely disconnected from the outside world, and they know nothing about their colleagues, kept in another prison.

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“Surgery went well, I can’t bend my left knee because of the injury, right hip is a little ripped. A few fragments got in there, first, I could put a figure in the wound, it hurts when I put weight on the right leg. The right arm is scratched, so I smear the paper with green antiseptic and other things while writing,” Eyder wrote.

He confessed that he “hates songs from “Russian radio”, but there is no other source in the cell.

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“I can’t call home. I can’t ask anybody to give me a phone. We are holding up and waiting for our return… I can’t call, because I don’t have money on the account. Good luck. Glory to Ukraine!” the sailor wrote.

Andriy Eyder, Ukrainian sailor, detained by Russia in Kerch Strait
TSN

His comrade Artemenko noted that he asked his cellmate to write the letter for him, as he doesn’t know Russian well.

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“My health condition is good, I am recovering. I receive medical aid here. I don’t know about the guys, as we are kept in separate cells. I hope the guys will support me, we hope that our country will take all measures to return us back home,” the letter says.

Andriy Artemenko, Ukrainian POW, detained by Russia in Kerch Strait
TSN

It should be noted that only Russian correspondence is permitted in Russian prisons.

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As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against 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.   

‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message. 

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It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements. 

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 

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