06 February 2019, 16:09

Letters and photographs of relatives were taken from the wounded Ukrainian sailor Artemenko and doctors were not allowed to visit him


One of the Ukrainian seaman illegally detained by Russia in the Kerch Strait, Andriy Artemenko, needs an emergency assistance of a qualified ophthalmologist and a surgeon.

Maria Kurakina, lawyer of the Ukrainian prisoner of war, informed about his state of health on her Facebook page.

Была у своего подзащитного – военнопленного украинского моряка Андрея Анатольевича Артеменко, раненого при обстреле МБАК…

Опубліковано Марією Куракиною Вівторок, 5 лютого 2019 р.

According to the lawyer, Andriy Artemenko, who was wounded in the shelling of the Berdyansk’s armored boat by the Russian military, has severely injured eyes and arm.

Artemenko still has sore eyes, especially disturbing him in the morning and at night, surveys and various tests are required, his eyes were seriously injured with shrapnel during a gunshot. Rehabilitation was not performed, a set of physical exercises for restoring the functions of a wounded arm is not assigned and nothing is explained on this part.

According to Kurakina, it is simply impossible to conduct some medical examinations in a prison medical unit.

“We are ready to assist and provide independent civilian doctors for the treatment of Artemenko and the other wounded,” the lawyer said.

The lawyer went on saying that not all parcels are given to the imprisoned sailor. For example, for some unknown reason, Andriy Artemenko has not yet received books and letters of support sent by people from all over the world. Upon admission to the Lefortovo detention center, the jailers even confiscated from him letters and photographs of his relatives.

Reference: 24 captured Ukrainian sailors are held in the Lefortovo detention center in Moscow. Three wounded prisoners of war were transferred there from the hospital of the Seaman’s Silence Prison in spite of the fact that there are no conditions for treatment in Lefortovo.

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

On January 24, 2019, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted a resolution condemning Russian aggression in the Sea of Azov and off the coast of the Kerch Strait.