Russia refused to return Ukrainian citizens convicted by Russian courts Mykola Karpyuk, Stanislav Klykh and Oleksiy Chyrniy to Ukraine without giving reasons. This was reported by Deputy Minister of Justice Serhiy Petukhov on his Facebook page.
"Russia refused to transfer to Klyuch, Karpyuk and Chyrniy to Ukraine without specifying the reason and the relevant court decision," he wrote.
Petukhov noted that Russia's actions violate the terms of the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons of 1983 and Ukraine demands Russia to conscientiously fulfill its international obligations.
As it was reported earlier on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, December 10, Ukraine's foreign ministry demanded that Russia release all Ukrainians illegally detained, judged and held in Russian prisons.
British Embassy in Ukraine also called on Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoners, having reminded that Crimea is a Ukrainian territory.