Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova appeals to the international organizations, including the UN, requesting to influence Russia in terms of the release of the Ukrainian fishermen kept in Balaklava, as she wrote on Facebook.
Denisova noted that it’s been four months since FSB (Russian Federal Security Service) detained the Ukrainian crew.
“The captain of the ship, Viktor Novitsky, was detained for allegedly illegal procurement of aquatic biological resources. FSB opened a criminal case against the citizen. He is still kept in Simferopol detention facility in the occupied Crimea,” Denisova wrote.
Moreover, the other members of the crew have to stay in Crimea as their passports were seized.
According to the Ombudsman, within these four months they communicated with Russia’s government authorities, who are involved in deciding on their return to Ukraine, every week. Yet, they did not get the answer.
“Russian Federation violated the right for freedom, security and freedom of movement provided by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination,” she added.