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Commander of the naval forces of Ukraine Igor Voronchenko wrote a letter to Ukrainian sailors of the ship “Berdyansk”, “Nikopol” and “Yana Kapu” detained during the incident in the Kerch Strait on November 25. The letter on the page in Facebook was published by the journalist Anton NumLock.
“I realize this must be hard. All sailors of the Navy are sensitive to the so-called evidence that you are now trying to get. Because the methods of work of special services of Russia for anybody not a secret,” wrote Voronchenko.
The main task Voronchenko, he said, is to return sailors home. “Ukraine is making every possible effort to release you from captivity, including with the involvement of the world community””, he stressed.
He added that the sailors acted within the law, professionally, in accordance with the norms of international Maritime law and existing treaties. “I am proud of each of you. Thank you for your loyalty to the Motherland and know that we are doing everything for your return to relatives who are waiting to meet you”, — concluded the commander of the Ukrainian Navy.
On 27 November the Kyiv district court of Simferopol chose a measure of restraint in the form of detention until 25 January 2019 12 Ukrainian sailors from the ships of naval forces of Ukraine detained in the Kerch Strait. “Interfax” specifies that we are talking about Andrew Oprysko, Sergei Cibizova, Yuri Buzilo, Vladimir Tereschenko, Victor, Bespalchenko, Vladimir Varieze, Mikhail Vlasyuk Golovasi Bogdan, Sergey Calibe, Kostyshina Vladislav, Sergey Popov, Roman Mokryak. All in all, it was detained 24 sailors.
25 Nov border Department of the FSB of Russia detained in the area of the Kerch Strait, three ships of naval forces of Ukraine — boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol” and the tug “Yana Kapu”. Ukrainian soldiers crossed the Russian border, did not respond to requests to stop and began a dangerous maneuver. In Russia considered the incident a provocation.
Kiev has described the situation as an act of military aggression and imposed martial law in several regions of the country for 30 days. Ukraine does not recognize the belonging of the Crimean Peninsula and sea territory around it for Russia.
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