11 February 2019, 10:53

Russia again failed to provide documents on the health status of the wounded Ukrainian sailors - Denisova


The Russian Ombudsperson, Tatyana Moskalkova, assures her Ukrainian counterpart, Lyudmila Denisova, that doctors assess the health of captured Ukrainian seamen as “satisfactory.”

However, Denisova informed on her Facebook page, that Russia again failed to provide any official confirmation in the form of a medical certificate.

Отримала відповідь від Уповноваженого з прав людини в РФ Тетяни Москалькової на мої багаторазові звернення щодо…

Опубліковано Людмилою Денісовою Пʼятниця, 8 лютого 2019 р.

We know that the wounded Andriy Eider, Vasil Soroka and Andriy Artemenko, as before, need quality treatment and surgery. Moreover, not only they, but our other sailors need medical assistance as well.

The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine stressed that the state will continue to insist on the transfer of the three wounded sailors for treatment in a neutral country and on the unconditional release of all captured sailors, according to the Third Geneva Convention “On the treatment of prisoners of war” dated August 12, 1949.

The 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 along 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.