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Moscow public monitoring commission visits Ukrainian sailors in remand center

According to the Russian Ombudsman, the detention conditions of the Ukrainian capturers meet international standards, no complaints or appeals from their side
12:00, 2 December 2018
Press-service of the Cabinet of Ministers

The members of the Moscow public monitoring commission visited 24 Ukrainian sailors. Commissioner of the Ukrainian Parliament for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova reported this on Facebook. 

‘I have just received an official information from Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Tetyana Moskalkova. She reported that the members of the Moscow public monitoring commission visited 21 Ukrainian sailors who are kept in Lefortovo remand center. They talked to each of them,’ Denisova said. 

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According to Moskalkova, the detention conditions of the Ukrainian capturers meet the international standards, no complaints or appeals from their side. 

In addition, the members of the commission visited three Ukrainian sailors who are in the medical unit of Matrosskaya Tishina prison. 

‘Their treatment is going well. The commissioner for human rights in Moscow city, as well as commissioner for human rights in Russia Moskalkova will visit them the next week,’ the Ukrainian Ombudsman claimed. 

Denisova has also told that she intends to negotiate with the Russian colleague on December 3. 

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‘I am planning to negotiate with Moskalkova on allowing me to visit our sailors,’ Denisova said. 

As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.   

‘Today, November 25, the ships of the Ukrainian Navy with two armored gunboats and a sea mule tugboat have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. The intention to make the transition was informed in advance in accordance with international standards in order to ensure the safety of navigation. However, contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Treaty between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Russian coast guard ships - Sobol class patrol boat, Don border guard cruiser, Mangust class patrol boat and Suzdalets anti-submarine warfare ship performed blatantly aggressive acts against the ships of the Ukrainian Navy,’ reads the message.    

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It is specified that Don border guard cruiser rammed the Ukrainian armored artillery boat, which led to the damage of the main engine.   

The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements." Thus, according to the Ukrainian side, Russia has once again demonstrated its aggressive nature and complete disregard for the norms of international law. 

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