21.03.19 17:29

Polozov: All 24 captive Ukrainian sailors to undergo psychiatric examination

Russian investigators have appointed a complex comprehensive outpatient psychological and psychiatric examination for all 24 Ukrainian servicemen captured by the Russian FSB Security Service near the Kerch Strait, who are now being held in the Moscow-based Lefortovo detention facility.

Polozov: All 24 captive Ukrainian sailors to undergo psychiatric examination

Censor.NET reports citing lawyer Nikolay Polozov.

"March 21, investigative actions took place with respect to the Ukrainian POW Mykhailo Vlasiyuk. The investigation familiarized Mykhailo and his lawyer Islyam Velilyayev with the decision to appoint a complex outpatient commission for psychological and psychiatric forensic examination. The defense objected to the appointment of an examination, arguing that the III Geneva Convention "On the Treatment of Prisoners of War" does not require such an examination of prisoners of war. the investigation did not provide protection to any information about the objective circumstances provided for by article 196 of the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Russian Federation, which are the basis for the mandatory appointment of a forensic examination. The defense also filed a request for the presence of a lawyer during this examination," Polozov said. 

"Сommission complex outpatient psychological and psychiatric examination has been scheduled for all 24 prisoners of war of Ukrainian sailors. Examinations should begin next week. Defense states, that conduction of this examination of Ukrainian sailors is illegal, it violates international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Convention III of 1949, and is a degrading treatment of prisoners of war," he added.

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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