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Russia does not admit Ukraine’s representatives to wounded war prisoners in Kerch, - ombudswoman

According to Denisova, she possesses only unverified information on their current state of health
15:30, 28 November 2018

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The Russian side does not admit the representatives of Ukraine to the wounded prisoners of war in Kerch and only unverified information on their current state of health is present. Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights made such statement as 112 Ukraine reported.

“The other day I have begun the negotiations with Missis Moskalkova (the Russian ombudswoman, - 112.international) to admit Lord Klyment to our wounded sailors, who are at the first Kerch hospital named after Pirohov. He arrived there and was told that they cannot consider his request now and sent him to Simferopol. In Simferopol, the Main Department of FSB told him that today each Ukrainian prisoner of war will be assigned to the prosecutors of the FSB and each prosecutor will make a decision on the admission of the person to the prisoner on his own…We still work with the Red Cross; we think it can get to our prisoners and see the real state of affairs,” she noted.

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The ombudswoman added that she possess only unverified information on the current state of health of the sailors in Kerch. “They are in the hospital; they had surgeries. Only three out of 24 are wounded. One of them is in the serious condition. Now, according to Russia, his life is not endangered. But we need to check, we try to do it,” she emphasized.

According to Denisova, the restrictive measure is chosen for 15 sailors detained by Russia. It will be chosen for nine sailors on November 28.

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“Now the Crimeans gather warm clothes, food. Moreover, all people who stay with them in the remand center share tea, coffee, other goods with them to support our sailors,” she added.

Earlier Lyudmyla Denisova claimed that she met the representatives of the families of the Ukrainian sailors captured in the result of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine in Kerch Strait.

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Denisova appealed to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about the denial of access by Russia for the provision of the humanitarian aid to the captives and discussed the strengthening of the defense of the rights of the sailors and their families with First Vice Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko, representatives of the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of ukraine, Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories, leadership of Mejlis and human right activists.

Earlier the so-called “Kyiv District Court” of Simferopol has begun to choose the restrictive measure for the Ukrainian sailors detained in the evening of November 25 in Kerch Strait. It is reported about the arrest of Serhiy Tsybizov and Viktor Varemez. They are arrested for two months until January 25, 2019.

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As we reported earlier, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy acted aggressively against 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.   

Kyiv demanded from Moscow to immediately provide the medical service to the wounded sailors and provide them urgent return to the Ukrainian territory. According to the Naval Forces of Ukraine, six sailors were wounded and two of them were in the critical condition.

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Russian Ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova named the exact number of the detained Ukrainian servicemen – 24. Moskalkova added that “procedural actions connected with the establishment of the facts of the events. If a military vessel enters the waters, certainly, this is a violation of the borders, this is a socially dangerous act, which demands a special qualification and procedure.”

Ukrainian servicemen taken captive in Kerch Strait are being forced to give false testimony. The Commander of Ukraine’s Navy noted that the lawyers have already met with these military.

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