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Ukrainian consul visits yet four sailors in Russia's Lefortovo remand center, - Ombudsman

It is reported that the POWs received financial assistance from volunteers
23:07, 7 December 2018
Lyudmyla Denisova Facebook

The Ukrainian consul visited the sailors of the Ukrainian Navy in Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, as Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova reported on Facebook. 

‘I have just talked to Ukrainian consul in Moscow Albert Cheriakov. He told that he visited four sailors today: Denys Hrytsenko, Roman Mokriak, Yuriy Beziazychny and Bohdan Holovash. Our guys haven’t expressed any complaints and hold tight. In particular, when the consul asked Denys Hrytsenko about him, he answered as a real captain, in response he answered: ‘How are the wounded guys feeling?’ All of them said hello to their families, and asked not to be worried,’ she said. 

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Citing the consul, Denisova claimed that the sailors are dressed in clothes given by volunteers. They have tv sets in their cells, however, they don’t use it, they read books. 

‘Today, they have transferred financial assistance in the amount of $ 74 per person, and there is already an agreement on the possibility of a telephone conversation of prisoners of war with their relatives,’ Denisova told. 

The schedule of visiting the consul and other sailors, who are kept in the Lefortovo, has already been drawn up. On Monday, he will visit six prisoners of war, six more on Tuesday, December 11, the remaining five on Wednesday, December 12. 

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‘He also noted that he had visited three our wounded soldiers tonight in Matrosskaya Tishina prison. According to him, their health condition is satisfactory. The guys have shrapnel wounds, no one has amputations, the bones and joints are all right,’ the Ombudsman noted. 

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.     

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‘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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