The commander of the captured Ukrainian ships did not plead guilty – lawyer

Командир захваченных украинских кораблей не признал вину – адвокат

The captain of the second rank Denis Gritsenko led a detachment of Ukrainian ships

Denis Gritsenko told Russian investigators that he did not plead guilty and the offender himself does not believe.

The commander of group of the Ukrainian ships Denis Gritsenko, captured by Russian soldiers in Kerch Strait near Crimea annexed, not guilty of “illegal crossing of the Russian border”.

This was said by the Ukrainian lawyer Nikolai Polozov, Interfax reported on Tuesday, December 11.

“Today, I finally met Denis Grytsenko, who said he did not plead guilty and a criminal does not consider himself” – said the lawyer.

Polozov said that when the Russian investigator has offered his client to interview, Gritsenko “wrote that he considers himself a prisoner of war and refused to give any testimony.”

According to the lawyer, Gritsenko exercised overall command of the captured Ukrainian vessels.

“My question Denis said that in the Crimea during the arrest, it the power is not applied. Also did not apply force and the special forces who was transferred. In Moscow, he said, also pressure is not, are respectful,” said Nikolai Polozov.

We will remind, on November 25, the Russian special forces seized three Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. The attack was delayed 24 Ukrainian seafarers, six of whom were injured.

Later, they were all under arrest on suspicion in illegal crossing of the state border of Russia.

Russia calls Ukraine’s actions in the Kerch Strait “provocative”. The Russian foreign Ministry handed a protest note to the chargé d’affaires of Ukraine. In respect of Ukrainian seafarers in Russia criminal case under article “illegal crossing of the state border”.

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