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Russia arrests nine captured Ukrainian servicemen

They are facing up to six years in prison.

Russia arrests nine captured Ukrainian servicemen
The Ukrainian tugboat Yani Kapur is being rammed by a Russian boat
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A Russia-controlled court in Crimea has arrested for two months nine captured Ukrainian servicemen in addition to the 15 who were arrested yesterday, according to Russian Novaya Gazeta correspondent Anton Naumlyuk.

The nine Ukrainians arrested today are:

- Capt 3rd Rank Volodymyr Lisovyy,

- Security Service of Ukraine counterintelligence officer Andriy Drach,

- Leading seaman Vyacheslav Zinchenko, the Nikopol gunboat,

- Nikopol gunboat captain Bohdan Nebylytsya,

- Sailor Yevhen Semydotskyy,

- Sailor Yuriy Bezyazychnyy,

- Sailor Andriy Shevchenko

- Capt 2nd Rank Denys Hrytsenko, the Berdyansk gunboat,

- Yani Kapu tugboat captain Oleh Melnychuk

On 25 November, Russia blocked the Kerch Strait, fired on and seized the Yani Kapu tug and the Berdyansk and Nikopol gunboats together with their crews of 24 people.

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