Oleg Melnichuk stated that he did not consider himself guilty.
Captain Demands for Ukrainian attacks "Yany Kapu" Oleg Melnichuk in the "court" in occupied Simferopol demanded an interpreter from Russia to Ukraine.
About this on the broadcast channel "112 Ukraine" said his lawyer Edem Semedlyaev, reporting "Gordon".
"He took advantage of the right for an interpreter, saying he did not fully understand, he was given with translators from Russia to Ukraine and from Ukraine to Russia. He also told the court that he did not plead guilty, considered himself not involved in the case and ready to defend his innocence everywhere, including in court, "said the lawyer.
Journalist Anton Naumlyuk, who was present at the "trial", noted that Melnichuk was the only one of the seized prisoners who demanded an interpreter.
"He spoke and filled out documents strictly in the Ukrainian language," the journalist wrote.
Recall that on the morning of November 25, Russia blocked the road to the Kerch Strait to the Ukrainian tugboat Yany Kapu and two Berdyansk and Nikopol boats. For this purpose, Russia blocked the movement of tankers under the Crimean bridge and was even forced ram from the attraction of the border ship Don. In the afternoon of the same day, Russian ships attacked and captured them, temporarily injuring at least six Ukrainian sailors and catch the rest in captivity.
On the night of November 26, the NSDC held an emergency meeting and proposed to introduce martial law in Ukraine in connection with the aggression of the Russian Federation in the Azov Sea.
After the decision of the Security Council, speakers from the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Andrei Paruby held an extraordinary meeting of the Verkhovna Rada on Monday, November 26, at 4 pm President Petro Poroshenko, in turn, enforce decisions and submitted to the Verkhovna Rada bill for approval of the Presidential Decree of Ukraine "On the introduction of martial law in Ukraine", which later approved Ukrainian deputies.