All 24 Ukrainian sailors should pass psychological-psychiatric examination

The Russian prosecution did not provide any grounds for appointment of examination
18:23, 21 March 2019

Ukrainian sailors

All 24 Ukrainian POW sailors were obliged to pass the psychological-psychiatric examination as lawyer Nikolai Polozov reported on Facebook.

On March 21, the investigative actions towards last sailor Mykhailo Vlasyuk took place. Lawyer Islyam Velilyaev appealed against the appointment of the examination as Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War does not provide the holding of such events toward the POWs. Moreover, the prosecution did not provide any grounds for the appointment of examination.

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The defense also provided the request about the presence of the lawyer during the holding of the examination.

“Thus, as for today, the commission complex outpatient psychological-psychiatric examination is appointed for all 24 POW Ukrainian sailors. The holding of the examination should begin next week at Serbsky State Scientific Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry of Russia’s Healthcare Ministry,” Polozov reported.

“The position of the defense toward the data of the examinations remains the same, the holding of such examination toward POW Ukrainian sailors is illegal, it violates the norms of the international humanitarian law, including the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War and it is the treatment, which humiliates dignity and honor of POWs,” he emphasized.

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On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked 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. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.

All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

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Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.

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