"I don't understand Russian": Ukrainian tugboat commander Melnychuk says in "court" in Crimea

21:57, 28 November 2018
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Commander of the Yany Kapu tugboat Oleh Melnychuk / Photo from facebook.com/andriy.illenko

"Commander of the Yany Kapu tugboat Oleh Melnychuk said in the so-called 'court' that he does not understand the Russian language and demanded the translator," Member of Parliament of Ukraine Andriy Illenko wrote on Facebook on November 28. "A Ukrainian officer. A real Cossack."

Melnychuk, as well as commander of one of the two captured artillery boats Bohdan Nebylytsia, commander of a naval division Denys Hrytsenko and SBU officer Andriy Drach were among those remaining nine Ukrainian sailors who were detained for two months in keeping with a Crimean "court" ruling on November 28. Thus, all 24 Ukrainian sailors captured by Russian forces near the Kerch Strait in the Black Sea on November 25 were remanded in custody for two months.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, two Russian-controlled "courts" in the Russian occupied cities of Kerch and Simferopol on November 27 ruled that 15 Ukrainian sailors be remanded in custody until January 25. Three of them – Andriy Artemenko, Andriy Eyder and Vasyl Soroka, who were wounded amid the Kerch Strait skirmish – were arrested in hospital.

In particular, the Simferopol "court" ordered that Volodymyr Varimez, Serhiy Tsybizov, Andriy Oprysko, Viktor Bespalchenko, Volodymyr Tereshchenko, Roman Mokriak, Mykhailo Vlasiuk, Serhiy Popov, Yuriy Budzylo, Vladyslav Kostyshyn, Bohdan Holovash, and Serhiy Chuliba be detained for two months.

All the sailors are charged with trespassing the Russian border under Part 3 of Article 322 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and facing imprisonment for up to six years.

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