14 March 2019, 12:09

Captured Ukrainian seaman Vasyl Soroka is in critical condition, but the surgery he needs is constantly postponed - Ukrainian Ombudsperson

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For unknown reasons, surgery that the captured Ukrainian seaman Vasily Soroka needs is postponed.

The Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Lyudmila Denisova commented on the state of health of the war prisoner on Facebook.

Reportedly, the Russian authorities are aware that the Ukrainian who was wounded in November 2018 by Russian border guards in the Kerch Strait area is in need of urgent surgical treatment.

This follows from the response of Russian presidential adviser Mikhail Fedotov, which the Ukrainian Ombudsperson received after two appeals.

Mikhail Fedotov reported that according to the results of the examination on February 22, 2019, surgical treatment was recommended to Vasyl Soroka in the city clinical hospital. The reason for the surgery delay is unknown. Meanwhile, Vasyl is in a critical state, because improving his health condition is impossible without providing medical care,” Denisova wrote.

Отримала відповідь на два своїх звернення до Радника Президента РФ, голови ради при Президенті РФ з розвитку…

Опубліковано Людмилою Денісовою Середа, 13 березня 2019 р.

According to the Ukrainian ombudsperson, Fedotov said that other wounded prisoners of war, Andriy Aider and Andriy Artemenko, were also examined by doctors in the hospital and their condition was assessed as satisfactory.

“But once again, no officially confirmed medical reports were provided,” said Denisova.

On November 25, 2018, near the Kerch Strait, Russian border guards rammed a Ukrainian tugboat Yany Kapu, which was heading from Odesa to Mariupol along with Nikopol and Berdyansk boats. After that the Russian guards opened fire to kill. As a result of the shelling, three Ukrainian seamen were injured. 24 Ukrainians were captured and arrested until April 24, 2019. All the sailors consider themselves prisoners of war.

In the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, these 24 Ukrainian sailors are also recognized as prisoners of war. Accordingly, they are subject to the provisions of the Third Geneva Convention: Prisoners of war should be treated humanely, protected from acts of violence or intimidation, and provided with medical assistance if necessary.