Ukrainian sailor Bogdan Nebylitsa celebrates his 25th birthday anniversary in Moscow detention facility
The Ukrainian prisoner of war and the Nikopol armored boat commander Bogdan Nebylitsa turned 25 on January 16, 2019.
The lawyer Emil Kurbedinov wrote that on Facebook.
«Bogdan Nebylitsa sends to all his greetings and words of gratitude for a support! Today is his birthday. He is 25!», — said Kurbedinov.
The lawyer Nikolay Polozov wrote on the Facebook page «Ukrainian POWs Sailors Protection» that Nebylitsa had sung the anthem of Ukraine in Crimea at gunpoint in 2014.
«Bogdan is a true Ukrainian patriot! Back in 2014, he as a cadet of Nakhimov naval school in Sevastopol sang the anthem of Ukraine with his comrades in the midst of Crimean Russian spring. In fact, it happened at Russian military gunpoint. After being captured in November 2018, Bogdan also shows his character strength. The FSS officers keep trying to exert psychological pressure on Bogdan and persuading him to confess guilt and testify. Though, it is all unsuccessful. Our congratulations to Bogdan Nebylitsa with his happy birthday! We wish him strength, patience, courage and endurance. And the most important thing is to return home quickly to closed ones!» — wrote Polozov.
As ATR reported, on January 15th Lefortovo court in Moscow extended Bogdan Nebylitsa’s and other nineteen Ukrainian prisoners of war sailors’ arrest. Sixteen of them will remain in the pretrial detention center until April 24, 2019. However, the sailors Oleg Melnichuk, Andrey Artemenko, Andrey Eider and Vasiliy Soroka were extended their custody until April 26th as they were detained two days later because of injury.
Today, another four sailors were extended the detention until April 24th.
Ukrainian sailors during the court hearing in Moscow called themselves prisoners of war and refused to testify.
Earlier, the Moscow court refused to change Ukrainian sailors’ case jurisdiction to a military court on January 15th.
On 25th November 2018, the Russian military captured three ships of the Naval Forces of Ukraine nearby the Kerch Strait. During the attack, 24 prisoners of war were taken up. All people were arrested in Crimea and then illegally moved to Russia. 21 sailors are in Lefortovo custody in Moscow whilst three others are kept in the Matrosskaya Tishina.