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Ombudsman: Rifles were pointed at Ukrainian fishermen detained in Crimea

Ukraine’s Ombudsman Denisova believes that international community should know about cases violations of human rights by Russian Federation
12:10, 12 July 2018

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The Commissioner for Human Rights in Ukraine Lyudmyla Denisova met with the relatives of the fishermen of the Ukrainian vessel YMK-0041 detained in the annexed Crimea. This was reported on the website of Ukraine’s Ombudsman.

"The families of detainees note the violation of human rights on the Russian side. In particular, they say that the Russian law enforcement bodies exerted psychological pressure, the sailors were kept at the point of rifles," they said.

They also said that immediately after the detention of Ukrainians, they were taken to Balaklava "for procedural actions." The captain of the vessel is still being held in the Simferopol jail, he faces up to 5 years of imprisonment. Other four members of the crew were not charged, but they were illegally detained in Crimea.

Sailors cannot return home for three months, as their passports were taken away.

Denisova, in her turn, stressed that she had repeatedly asked Russian colleague Tatyana Moskalkova – at first, with a request to locate the seamen and explain the reasons for their detention, and later she expressed concern about the information that the Ukrainians went on a hunger strike and asked to facilitate her visit to the detainees.

Denisova believes that the international community should know about cases of violations of human rights by Russian Federation.

Related: Russia’s ‘boa constrictor’ strategy in the Sea of Azov: A prelude to amphibious landings?

As it was reported earlier, the FSB of Russia has opened the criminal cases due to the poaching against two Ukrainian fishermen detained in Azov Sea on May 10. FSB reminded that the Krasnodar border guards detained the fishers without the documents when they aimed to the place where the illegal fishing gear was placed earlier.

The fishers were taken to Yeysk port and the vessel was arrested. The criminal proceedings opened due to the illegal extraction of the aquatic bio-resources and illegal extraction and turn of high-value wild animals and aquatic bio-resources belonging to species from Red Data Book of Russia or protected by the international agreements of Russia. They can be imprisoned from two up to seven years.

The Naval Forces of Ukraine state the tense situation in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov. The Commander of Navy Ihor Voronchenko stressed that it was about ignoring the norms of international maritime law by the Russian Federation, as well as the continuing annexation of Ukrainian economic zone in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, "especially in the Sea of Azov," as he said.

Related: Court arrests ship for illegal sand extraction in Sea of Azov

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