Ukraine’s Ombudswoman plans to meet Russian colleague in Greece

Ukrainian Ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova plans to finally communicate with Russian colleague Tatiana Moskalkova
15:19, 20 February 2019

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Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova intends to hold the meeting with Russian Ombudswoman Tatiana Moskalkova within her visit to Greece as the Ukrainian official reported on Facebook.

According to Denisova, she aims to Athens, where she will hold a few meetings.

“…I want to finally communicate with Russian Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova, who will come to Greece at the same time with me. I will raise the issue of the observance of the norms of the international humanitarian law toward the Ukrainian political prisoners and POWs sailors by Russia,” the ombudswoman said.

Related: Three wounded Ukrainian sailors to be sent for examination in hospital, - ombudswoman

Denisova also promised that she will not ignore the issue of the provision of the sailors with qualified medical aid and proper conditions of detention.

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.

Related: Psychological pressure still put on Ukrainian sailors, - lawyer

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.

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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