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Russian ombudsman, Ukrainian official visit sailors in prison

Russian side states that Ukrainians stay under constant medical supervision and provided with necessary medications
13:52, 13 February 2019

Tatiana Moskalkova, the Russian Ombudswoman and Nina Karpachova, the Vice President of European Ombudsman Institute
Russian Ombudsman press service

Russian Ombudsman Tatiana Moskalkova along with Vice President of European Ombudsman Institute Nina Karpachova visited injured Ukrainian sailors Andriy Eider, Vasyl Soroka and Andriy Artemenko at Lefortovo prison, as the press service of Moskalkova reported.

“Tatiana Moskalkova note that during the communication with the sailors, the special attention was focused on the humanitarian issues connected with the health state and conditions of the detentions. The citizens of Ukraine detained in clean, warm cells with an area of 8 meters with another two prisoners; they provided with the good nutrition, warm clothes. There are hot water, bathroom, free access to the fresh air, TV, fridge, kettle and immersion heater, washing supplies, food products, a lot of literature in each cell,” the message said.

Besides, the Russian side states that the Ukrainian sailors are provided with the possibility to receive the correspondence and additional packages from the relatives, meet the Ukrainian consuls and lawyers without time limit.

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The Ukrainians stay under constant medical supervision and provided with necessary medications.

Moskalkova added that the issue of the necessity to hold additional medical examination and treatment of the injured sailors in Moscow hospitals was discussed during the meeting with the direction of the remand center and medical unit. She expressed the hope that the issue will be solved positively.

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.

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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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.

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