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SBU investigators issue a notice of suspicion to officers of FSB Border Guards and Russia’s Army

SBU investigators and the military prosecutors of the Military Prosecutor's Office of the Southern Region of Ukraine issued a notice of of suspicion to the servicemen of the FSB Border Service and Russian Army who gave and executed criminal orders for attack on Ukrainian sailors, on grounds of criminal offenses provided for in Part 2 of Art. 437 (planning, preparing, starting and conducting an aggressive war), Part 2 of Art. 15 (attempt to commit a crime), Clause 1 Part 2 of Art. 115 (deliberate murder) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

In particular, notice of suspicion has been issued for:

Rear Admiral S. Stankevich – Head of the FSB Border Control Department in Crimea and Sevastopol City, as covered in Pt. 2 Art. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine;

- Vice Admiral G. Medvedev – Deputy Head of the Border Guard Service of the FSB of Russia, Head of the Coast Guard Department, as covered in Pt. 2 Art. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine;

- Captain 1st rank R. Romashkin – Head of the FSB service point in Crimea and Sevastopol City, which includes the Border Guard Cruisers “Izumrud” and “Don”, as covered in Pt. 2 Art. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine;

- Captain 1st rank A. Shein – Deputy Head of the Department, Head of Coast Guard Unit of the FSB of Russia, as covered in Pt. 2 Art. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine;

- Captain 2nd rank O. Shatokhin – Head of the FSB service point in Crimea based in Kerch city, as covered in Pt. 2 Art. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine;

- Captain 2nd rank O. Salyaev – commander of the Border Guard Cruiser “Don”, as covered in Pt. 2 Art. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine;

- Captain 3rd rank A. Shipitsin – commander of the Border Guard Cruiser “Izumrud”, as covered in Pt. 2 Art. 15, Clause 1 Pt. 2 Art. 115 and Pt. 2 Art. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine;

- Captain 3rd rank S. Shcherbakov - commander of the small anti-submarine ship “Suzdalets”, as covered in Pt. 2 Art. 437 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

On November 25, 2018, during passage in the Kerch Strait, Russian ships began dangerous maneuvers around the motor boats of the Ukrainian Navy in order to block them, which resulted in the Russian sea tugboat “Don” ramming a harbour tugboat of the Ukrainian Navy “Yany Kapu”, causing substantial damages.

After the departure of Ukrainian ships from the 12-mile zone, the Russian occupation forces – FSB’s Border Guard Cruiser “Izumrud”, executing the instructions of the high command, shelled the Ukrainian Navy group, wounding at least three Ukrainian servicemen and damaging two Ukrainian ships.

Currently the small armored artillery motor boats “Berdyansk” and “Nikopol”, harbour tugboat “Yany Kapu” and 24 Ukrainian servicemen have been captured by Russia’s military occupation authorities.

The pre-trial investigation has already established that the aforementioned illegal acts of aggression against Ukrainian sailors were executed by direct order and under the command of the Deputy Head of the Border Guard Service of the FSB of Russia, Head of the Coast Guard Department, Vice Admiral G. Medvedev and the head of the FSB Border Control Department in Crimea and Sevastopol City, Rear Admiral S. Stankevich.

The named military officers of Russia’s FSB Border Service and other military officers of the Russian Black Sea Fleet coordinated and organized the attack of Russian warships on Ukrainian sailors by artillery shelling and ramming the Ukrainian ships, which resulted in wounding our troops and their capture together with military equipment.

Pre-trial investigation continues; notices of suspicion to the indicated persons have been sent to the place of service of these servicemen; court request for selecting the preventive measure is being prepared.

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