Ukraine insists on access for ICRC representatives to captured sailors – Herashchenko

Ukraine insists on access for ICRC representatives to captured sailors – Herashchenko

Ukraine insists on the immediate access for representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the wounded Ukrainian sailors captured by the Russian Federation.

Iryna Herashchenko, First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada and President’s Representative for the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, told this to an Ukrinform correspondent in the scope of the 2nd Ukrainian Women’s Congress.

"We are very concerned about the health of our sailors. Visits were denied to them despite all efforts of our authorized person Lyudmila Denisova [the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights]. She continues to demand this meeting ... We insist on immediate access, especially to the wounded sailors, including the one in grave condition, and we insist on the access for international doctors, in particular, representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Because we have very little confidence in the words of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Russian Federation,” Herashchenko said.

She stressed that the captured sailors are prisoners of war and they must be immediately released.

As reported, on November 25, Russian border ships committed the acts of aggression against three Ukrainian ships heading from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol. The Russian special forces fired and seized three Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. There were 24 sailors aboard.

The "court" of occupied city Simferopol in Crimea arrested all the captured sailors for two months.

The captured Ukrainians have been taken to Moscow's Lefortovo Prison and three wounded to prison’s medical center.


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