Russia attempts to transfer some Ukrainian sailors captured by the Russian FSB in the Kerch Strait to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine made such statement as 112 Ukraine reported.
“We got the support on this position from our international partners. We constantly contact the Red Cross. It has already sent the demands to Moscow on the access to our sailors, both physical and medical, as we do not know which physical and psychological pressure they sustained. We should get the independent information, not believing to Russia. Moreover, we know that Russia attempts to transfer some sailors to Lefortovo. Our consuls are ready to this as we have the access to the and we activated our international partners to work along with us for the getting of the access to them as soon as possible,” Klimkin said.
Foreign Minister added that all captured sailors, in accordance with the international human rights and the Geneva Convention should be applied in such situation, are the prisoners of war.
“Russia made a few fundamental violations of the international law. The first one is the acts of aggression. I emphasize that not only the shooting, seizure of our vessels and wounding of our sailors are the acts of aggression, but also the ram. It is clear in the context of the logic of the proper resolution of the General Assembly,” Klimkin said.
He noted that Ukraine formed its international legal position and as for today, it got the support from the international partners. Their statements prove this.
“Secondly, Russia carried out the usurpation of our sovereign rights on the freedom of navigation in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The issue is about the freedom of navigation as the Head of the General Staff informed us that our sailors strictly observed the rights of the security of the navigation. It is very important that we work in the context of our lawsuits. Yesterday we sent very detailed document to Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, where we argued the deterioration of our dispute, taking into account all past events and making their international and legal qualification,” he concluded.
Earlier it was reported that the Ukrainian sailors, arrested by the Russian special force fighters in Kerch Strait, were transferred from Simferopol detention centre in the occupied Crimea.
It was also reported that Ukrainian sailors detained in Kerch Strait were transferred from annexed Crimea to Moscow prison. In his turn, Deputy Prosecutor of Crimea Ihor Ponochovny could not confirm the information of the lawyer to 112 Ukraine and claimed that it was not verified yet.
Refat Chubarov, the Head of Crimean Tatar Mejlis, commented the information on the transfer of the Ukrainian sailors to Moscow. He said that this data is not confirmed yet. At the same time, he emphasized that the possibility of the Ukrainian diplomats in Russia to visit the captured sailors would be the positive moment in such situation.