Moscow's ombudswoman informs Ukrainian colleague on health conditions of Ukrainian sailors

Source : 112 Ukraine

Apart from the light wounds to their hands and leg, they look fine; they are treated, provided with warm clothes and do not complain about anything
23:04, 4 December 2018

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Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova received some information from her counterpart in Moscow, which concerned the captured Ukrainian sailors. Denisova posted this on Facebook.

'Tatyana Potyaeva, the Human Rights Envoy in Moscow visited our boys today. In particular, the Moscovian ombudswoman spoke with the wounded sailors in Matrosskaya Tishina detention centre. According to her, they get the necessary treatment and medications; they have warm clothes and shoes. Two of them already take walks outside. They have light wounds to their hands; one of them has a damaged joint. However, according to her, it will not result in any complications', Denisova said.   

The third Ukrainian POW has wounds on both of his legs, the Ukrainian ombudswoman said. He uses crutches to walk normally, and his cell has the necessary facility to help him move comfortably.  

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'In general, according to Tatyana Potyaeva, our servicemen look fine. They did not complain about the food. The only request to change the kettle is to be considered by the managers of the detention centre where they are stating now', Denisova wrote.

According to her, the Russian ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova said that Potyaeva also visited the Ukrainian POWs in Lefortovo detention centre. 'They don't seem to feel worse. They also have warm clothes. The men had new bank accounts opened, so that it is possible to transfer money in the future', the Ukrainian official concluded.

Moskalkova also said that the Ukrainian consul can visit the arrested sailors; however, the still has not received the official permission from the Russian government.

As is known, on November 25, the Russian naval group attacked the vessels of the Ukrainian Navy in Kerch Strait, as they were en route from Mariupol to Odesa. A tugboat and two small gunboats took fire and were immobilized. Russian Spetsnaz captured 24 Ukrainian sailors aboard the vessels. Six of them were wounded in the attack. The Ukrainian servicemen did not return fire. 

The captured sailors were taken to a detention facility in the occupied Crimea. The Russian prosecutors charged them with 'illegal entry into the Russian territorial waters'. The Ukrainians deny any guilt, saying they obeyed their command's orders. 

Ukraine and a number of foreign governments demand to release the sailors, describing Russia's actions in the Kerch Strait as the act of military aggression.

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