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Ukrainian Ombudswoman asks Russia’s FSB to allow her visiting Ukrainian sailors

Denisova urged the Russian ombudswoman to make this visit possible
11:07, 15 December 2018
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Commissioner of the Ukrainian Parliament for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova asked the Head of Russia’s FSB Aleksandr Bortnikov to let her visit the detained Ukrainian sailors. Denisova claimed this on Facebook. 

‘I have addressed the FSB Head once to give me that opportunity but there is no answer yet. This is why I appealed to head of Russia’s FSB Oleksandr Bortnikov once again, with a request to provide me, as the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, with a written permission to visit the Ukrainian POWs,’ the ombudsman claimed. 

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She added that she had also sent an appeal to Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia Tatyana Moskalkova to organize this visit. 

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, planting and accommodation rail, life float is lost. The Ukrainian Navy states that "the dispatcher service of the occupiers refuses to ensure the right of freedom of navigation, guaranteed by international agreements.   

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 the international law.  

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