06.12.18 12:21

"They voiced no complaints, complemented food," - lawyer on Ukrainian sailors’ detention conditions, health

The Ukrainian sailors who are held in the Moscow-based Lefortovo prison have been placed in refurbished cells with new toilets and hot water. The chief physician of the infirmary assesses the condition of the wounded held in the Matrosskaya Tishina prison as stable and satisfactory.

"They voiced no complaints, complemented food," - lawyer on Ukrainian sailors’ detention conditions, health

Lawyer Yevgenya Zakrevskaya wrote on social media referring to the informal report by the Public monitoring commission responsible for monitoring the observance of the rights of inmates of the Moscow-based prisons published by the commission member Pavel Pyatnitsky following Nov. 30 visits, Censor.NET reports.

The cells of the pre-trial detention facility No. 2 (Lefortovo) of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia, where Ukrainians are held, "look like the crew quarters in their boats – pretty small, designed for 2-3 persons, with basic necessities available and even own toilet in the corner of the cell."

"The servicemen are held in the newly-refurbished cells of the isolation quarantine unit, which are already equipped with new toilet bowls (which are even vandal-proof) and hot water supply while all the prisoners of Lefortovo are always addressed formally. Well, it’s not too bad there after all. No complaints about the violation of legal rights and freedoms have been filed. They (Ukrainian sailors – Ed.) understand the reasons for being held in the remand prison and even complement the food," Zakrevskaya said.

The three wounded were placed in the infirmary of another remand prison - the pre-trial detention facility No. 1 of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia (Matrosskaya Tishina).

"Two of the servicemen were given casts. They received fragmentation wounds during their detention. They have their bandages changed and given I.V. drips on a regular basis. The prison administration provided them with warm clothes and shoes as well as clean bedding. All the cells are equipped with an alarm button and are under round-the-clock video surveillance," the lawyer said.

The wounded are reportedly satisfied with the quality of food and have no complaints about the medical staff of the prison infirmary or the Federal Penitentiary Service officers.

On Nov. 25, Russian border vessels committed aggressive actions against three Ukrainian ships that set sail from the port of Odesa to the port of Mariupol in the Azov Sea. After that, Russian special forces opened fire on the Ukrainian tugboat Yany Kapu, small armored artillery boats Berdiansk and Nikopol in the Kerch Strait and seized them. There were 23 sailors on board the ships, and six of them were wounded.

Russia announced its intention to try detained Ukrainian sailors for allegedly illegal crossing of the Russian state border.

On Nov. 26, the UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on the situation in Ukraine related to the latest developments in the Black and Azov Seas.

Later on the same day, Ukraine's parliament gave the green light to a presidential decree on the introduction of martial law for 30 days in 10 regions of Ukraine – Vinnytsia region, Luhansk region, Mykolaiv region, Odesa region, Sumy region, Kharkiv region, Chernihiv region, Kherson region, Donetsk region and Zaporizhia region, as well as the inland waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

On Nov. 28, the Russian rubberstamp district court of Simferopol city in Crimea arrested 24 Ukrainian sailors, who had been captured by Russian FSB near the Kerch Strait, for two months. They all face six years in prison.

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