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Red Cross asks Russia to provide access to detained Ukrainian sailors

Source : 112 Ukraine

Earlier, Russian leader Vladimir Putin claimed that the exchange process of the Ukrainian sailors is possible only after the closure of the criminal case against them
21:06, 20 December 2018

ICRC Ukraine

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) asks the Russian Federation to provide the access to the Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia. Lyudmyla Denisova, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights reported that on Facebook.

“Mr. Eshleman (the head of the ICRC Delegation to Ukraine) informed me that the ICRC has already filed the request to the Russian Federation on the provision of the access to the Red Cross representatives to the Ukrainian sailors. As they get the permission for Russia and agreement of the prisoners of war sailors, they will be able to visit them. On the results of such visit, the ICRC representatives will be able to confidentially inform the relatives about the state of the health of the sailors and conditions of their detention,” Denisova said.

Related: Medvedchuk raises question of Ukrainian sailors' release, - Putin

As we reported earlier, the Russian Navy attacked the Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait in the Sea of Azov. The vessels were damaged, and the crews captured by the Russian special services. Ukraine and the Western governments consider the attack an act of aggression. The Ukrainian sailors were taken to a remand center in Crimea, and then in Moscow, charged with the 'illegal crossing of the Russian territorial waters'. All sailors deny their guilt, claiming they are prisoners of war.

 

 

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