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Another Ukrainian sailor held in Russia needs treatment elsewhere, - lawyer

Vasyl Soroka suffered a swelling due to the damage to one of his muscles,
10:16, 1 February 2019

Vasyl Soroka, detained Ukrainian sailor
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Serhiy Badamshyn, the lawyer of wounded Ukrainian sailor Vasyl Soroka filed the request to transfer his client to a civilian hospital in Ukraine or a third country for further treatment. Badamshyn posted this on Facebook after meeting with Soroka in Lefortovo remand center.

The lawyer admitted that Soroka suffered a swelling, which is due to the damage to one of his muscles.

'A doctor at Lefortovo finally saw what his colleagues at Matrosskaya Tishina remand center failed to see. He noticed the damage to another muscle. Finally, the doctors turned their attention to the swelling. They prescribed the shots to take away the swelling, and some painkillers', the lawyer wrote.

Currently, Soroka's health conditions have stabilized, Badamshyn concluded.

We recently reported that Andriy Eider, the Ukrainian sailor wounded in the Russian attack in the Kerch Strait suffers the consequences of his injuries, which is why he needs to be transferred to a highly qualified medical facility for further treatment. 

'Eider needs enhanced lab examination and constant escort in the future; he needs ultrasound and X-ray examinations of his limbs, and CT of his lower limbs', reads the message.

He also needs neurologic treatment because it is necessary to find out about the nature of his convulsions. Apparently, in Kerch, where the Ukrainian sailors were held at first, Eider and his teammates did not get the due medical aid; the doctors never took out the shells from his body.

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.

Related: Azov crisis: Ukrainian sailors refuse to testify in court

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

On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.

Related: Ukraine sends ECHR full statement against Russia's actions during Azov crisis

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.

Related: Wounded Ukrainian sailor needs to be transferred to hospital for further treatment

Related: EU Permanent Representative demands release of Ukrainian sailors from Russia

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