POW Ukrainian sailor Soroka, held in Russia, had surgery, - lawyer

Earlier it was reported that the functions of the sailor’s arm did not regenerate, the fingers did not bend and edema did not disappear, after the wound
15:28, 19 March 2019

Vasyl Soroka, detained Ukrainian sailor

POW Ukrainian sailor Vasyl Soroka had the surgery as his lawyer Sergey Badamishyn reported on “Defense of POW Ukrainian sailors” Facebook’s group.

“Wounded POW Vasyl Soroka underwent a surgery. The information confirmed by Nina Karpachova (the Vice President of European Ombudsman Institute) and the hospital, where the surgery took place,” the lawyer said.

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Earlier it was reported that Vasyl Soroka, had troubles with recovering after the injury, he suffered during the Russian Navy attack in the Sea of Azov.

Ukraine’s ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova stated that Russia postponed medical treatment of Ukrainian POWs without reason.

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, the rest came to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

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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