Ukraine asks to Council of Europe, Russia to provide needed treatment for injured sailors

Ukrainian sailors Andriy Eider, Vasyl Soroka and Andriy Artemenko need prompt surgical intervention
23:34, 28 January 2019

Lyudmyla Denisova Facebook

Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova appealed to Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic, Ombudsman of the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova, and Russian Chairman for Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov due to the necessity to provide three injured Ukrainian sailors with proper treatment, as Denisova reported on Facebook.

“Ukrainian captivated sailors Andriy Eider, Vasyl Soroka, and Andriy Artemenko need quality treatment and prompt surgical intervention. So, I have immediately appealed to Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic, Russian Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova, and Russian Chairman for Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov,” Denisova stated.

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She noted that according to the PACE resolution, adopted on January 24, 2019, Russia was urged to observe the norms of the Geneva Convention.

“So, if the Russian side cannot provide the proper conditions for the quality treatment and further rehabilitation, it has to pass injured Ukrainian sailors to the third neutral side,” Denisova added.

Related: Three Ukrainian sailors transferred to Lefortovo prison without proper conditions for treatment

As we reported, lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who deals with the defense of Ukrainian prisoners of war, confirmed that three Ukrainian sailors wounded in the Russian Navy attack on Ukrainian ships were brought from Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. He also added that it happened on Monday, January 28.

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.

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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: Detained Ukrainian sailor faces difficulties in healing after injury, - lawyer

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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