A Ukrainian Evgeny Panov was illegally arrested in August 2016 in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, and later relocated to the territory of Russia.
According to the lawyer, Panov was forced to sign a statement renouncing representation of his interests by any consular officials of Ukraine, thereby depriving him of his right to consular protection.
Considering the above, the MFA of Ukraine demanded Russia to ensure the rights of a citizen of Ukraine E. Panov and immediately allow Ukrainian consular officials to him. This requirement put forward under the international obligations of the Russian Federation, the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the Consular Convention between Ukraine and Russia in terms of ensuring the right of consular officials to meet with the detained citizens.
“We call upon the International community, International organizations in the field of human rights, human rights organizations in Russia to assess the flagrant violations of rights of the Ukrainian citizens detained by Russia and to continue political and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation with a view to their immediate release and return to Ukraine,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed.
Earlier, the FSB distributed a statement on the prevention of terrorist attacks in the Crimea, allegedly plotted by the Chief of the Ukraine's Defense Intelligence. The Russian Security Services stated it has identified a saboteur group who killed the Russian FSB officer while being arrested outside the city of Armyansk.
Moreover, the FSB announced the "liquidation of the Ukrainian intelligence agent network".
The fake statement also reported on the attempts by subversive and terrorist groups "to break through" to the territory of the peninsula using "massive shelling and armored vehicles of the Ukrainian Armed Forces."
Chief of the Defense Intelligence of Ukraine argues the Russia's FSB charges are fake.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that bringing charges of terrorism against Ukraine in the occupied Crimea sounds as meaningless and cynical .The Head of State stressed that Ukraine seeks restoration of its territorial integrity and sovereignty, including the termination of the Crimea occupation, solely by politico-diplomatic means.