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Ukraine asks Russian FSB to return Ukrainian sailors detained in Sea of Azov

Source : 112 Ukraine

Denisova emphasizes that the fishers and their families are exhausted physically and emotionally
13:30, 18 October 2018

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Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova appealed to the Russian FSB with a request to return the members of "YMK-0041" crew to Ukraine as she reported on Facebook.

"I ask you to assume measures for the return of Serhiy Kalynychenko, Oleh Blok, and Ruslan Srkypnyk from the territory of the Crimean peninsula and reunion of the Ukrainian citizens with their families," the message said.

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Denisova emphasizes that the fishers and their families are exhausted physically and emotionally after six months of the detention in Crimea.

According to her, the state of health of Serhiy Kalynychenko significantly deteriorated, the man suffers from palm fibromatosis and he needs the qualified treatment.

"Oleh Blok took care of his 83-year-old mother before the detention. Now she is almost helpless without her son: she cannot take care of the house or buy food on her own. Moreover, Blok planned to get married this autumn," Denisova wrote.

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She also emphasized that the family of Ruslan Srkypnyk is left without a breadwinner and there is not enough money for the education of his two little kids.

"On September 11, the FSB reported that the coercive procedural measures were not used against these detainees. Last week the advisor of the Russian president answered to my request that the ship's crew was not deprived from the foreign passports and the freedom of their movement was not restricted. But they still cannot leave the territory of Crimea."

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On May 4, Ukrainian fishing vessel YMK-0041 (home port Ochakiv) was detained in the waters of the Black Sea for the illegal catch of the flounder. The personnel consisting of five Ukrainians was taken to Crimea as Russia’s FSB Border Guard Service claimed.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry expressed the protest against the detention of the Ukrainian boat by FSB and demanded to release the sailors.

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The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea investigates the detention of Ukraine's fishing vessel by Russia.

The criminal proceeding is opened in Russia against a citizen of Ukraine, captain of fishing vessel YMK-0041 detained in the Black Sea.

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