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Red Cross sends to Russia a request for access to captured Ukrainian sailors 12/21/2018 12:14:27. Total views 185. Views today — 0.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has sent a request to Russia to grant access to Ukrainian sailors for the ICRC representatives. This was reported by the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova on her Facebook.

Denisova noted that she received a response to her appeal from chairman of the delegation of the International Red Cross in Ukraine Alan Eshlimann about the fate of 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured by Russia in the Kerch Strait.

"He reported that the International Committee of the Red Cross was closely following the events that took place in the Kerch Strait area. The ICRC is concerned about situation with the seizure of Ukrainian sailors and health condition of 24 members of the crew, who are being kept in the Moscow pretrial detention facility. Mr. Eshlimann informed me that the ICRC has already sent a request to the Russian Federation to grant representatives of the Red Cross access to Ukrainian sailors. After receiving permission from the Russian Federation and consent of the captive sailors themselves, they will be able to visit them. According to the results of such a visit, the ICRC representatives will be able to confidentially inform the relatives about the health status of sailors and conditions of their detention", - Denisova noted.

The head of the ICRC delegation in Ukraine promised to inform Denisova about the progress of the situation.

As previously reported, in the area of the Kerch Strait on November 25, Russian military attacked the Ukrainian ships using weapons, seized Berdiansk and Nikopol small armored artillery boats and Yany Kapu tugboat, which carried out the transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol - from the Black Sea to the Sea of Azov. Three Ukrainian soldiers were injured during the capture. On November 27-28, the occupation court of Crimea arrested all Ukrainian sailors for two months. On November 30, Ukrainian sailors were taken to Moscow.