Ukraine protests as Russia conceals information on health of injured sailors

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine urges to immediately provide sailors with the medical service
23:10, 28 January 2019

Ukrainian sailor behind bars in Russia

The Foreign Minister of Ukraine expressed strong protest due to non-provision of the information on the real state of health of the injured Ukrainian sailors captured by Russia in Kerch Strait as ministry’s press service reported.

“Despite the numerous appeals and demand of the Ukrainian side on the necessity of the informing of the Embassy of Ukraine to the Russian Federation on the state of health of the Ukrainian POW sailors and due to the appearance of the information on the deterioration of their health, the Russian side did not provide any information on this issue,” the message said.

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The Foreign Ministry considers such actions of Russia only as the deliberate concealing of the real state of health of the imprisoned Ukrainian sailors.

“We demand from the Russian side to provide the information about the state of health of captivated Ukrainian sailors and immediately provide them with necessary qualified medical aid,” the ministry added.

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The department urged the world society, international human rights institutes to assume all possible legal, political and economic measures to release and return Ukrainian sailors.

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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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.

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.

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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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