Foreign Ministry protests over detention of Kashuk in occupied Crimea

Foreign Ministry protests over detention of Kashuk in occupied Crimea

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has expressed a strong protest against the illegal detention of Denys Kashuk by Russian authorities in the annexed Crimea and demands the release of all illegally detained Ukrainian citizens.

The relevant statement was posted on the ministry’s website on Friday evening.

“The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine expresses its resolute protest to the Russian Federation and its occupying authorities in the territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol over the unjustified detention of Ukrainian citizen Denys Kashuk on fabricated charges…  We do not rule out the likelihood of physical and psychological coercion applied Denys Kashuk because of his alleged refusal of the services of a lawyer. We regard such actions of the Russian occupation regime as repression and intimidation of Ukrainian citizens,” reads the statement.

The Foreign Ministry stressed that Ukraine urges Russia to stop human rights violations in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Sevastopol, immediately release all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine, to ensure full compliance with the obligations of the Russian Federation as an invading state in accordance with international law.

The Foreign Ministry also added that Russia must implement the UN General Assembly’s resolutions “Territorial integrity of Ukraine” as of March  27, 2014, “Situation of human rights in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (Ukraine)" as of  December 19, 2016, December 19, 2017, December 22, 2018, and  December 18, 2019, as well as the order of the International Court of Justice regarding provisional measures in the case of Ukraine vs Russia with respect to the application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

On December 17, FSB officers in the occupied Crimea detained a resident of Simferopol, Denis Kashuk, on charges of manufacturing explosives.

He was forced to write a statement on refusal of a lawyer. The next day, a search was conducted at his home. As a result of the search, equipment and electronic media were seized.

On December 20, the court arrested Kashuk for two months.


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