Tatyana Moskalkova, the human rights ombudswoman in the Russian Federation, asked her Ukrainian coleague Lyudmyla Denisova to find out the details of the possible arrest of Russian ship Mekhanik Pogodin in Kherson and intends to meet with the crew with the consent of the Ukrainian authorities, Interfax reports citing the statement of the Russian ombudswoman.
"I am extremely concerned about the fact that Ukraine keeps the Russian vessel Mechanic Pogodin. In connection with this incident, I asked the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Lyudmyla Denisova to find out all the circumstances of the incident and to inform me as much as possible about the crew's condition and, to provide them with humanitarian assistance, including medical," said Moskalkova.
At the same time, she also asked about the opportunity to contact the captain or senior assistant captain of a Russian tanker. "If I agree with the Ukrainian side, I plan to visit our sailors in the port of Kherson," the Russian ombudswoman said.
Earlier information was spread in the media, reporting that the Russian ship "Mechanic Pogodin" could be detained in the sea trading port of Kherson.
Earlier Lyudmyla Denisova, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Ukrainian Parliament addressed Zeid Raad Al Hussein, UN Commissioner for Human Rights with a request to influence on the Russian Federation to facilitate independent medical examination of Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia, the Ombudsman claimed this on Facebook.
She recalled that Russia continues to hide information on the real health condition of the political prisoners, and force them to take Russian citizenship.
‘Russia continues to violate the rights and freedoms of the political prisoners, forcibly treat, interrogate and put psychological pressure on them,’ she said.
Despite the agreements between Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin, the ombudsman is denied to visit the detained Ukrainian citizens.
‘Despite this, I addressed Zeid Raad Al Hussein, UN Commissioner for Human Rights with a request to influence on the Russian Federation. So, they finally start following the main principles of humanism and respecting human rights, to fulfill obligations provided by the International agreements and to cooperate. Also, she asked to facilitate visits of the representatives of international humanitarian organizations to the Ukrainians detained on the territory of the Russian Federation and Crimea and to undertake an independent medical examination of Volodymyr Balukh, Oleg Sentsov, and Stanislav Klykh,’ Denisova said.