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Four captured Ukrainian sailors wounded, one seriously – Herashchenko

"Illegal methods of putting pressure were applied to the captives."

Four captured Ukrainian sailors wounded, one seriously – Herashchenko
Photo: facebook.com/iryna.gerashchenko

The first deputy speaker and Ukraine's negotiator in the Minsk talks on Donbas, Iryna Herashchenko, has said that four out of the 24 Ukrainian soldiers captured by Russia were wounded, one of them seriously.

She said on Facebook said ombudsperson Lyudmyla Denisova, the Navy, the Ministry for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, the Foreign Ministry and rights groups decided at a special meeting to coordinate efforts on providing legal, psychological and social assistance to the captured sailors and their families.

Russia's ombudsperson has not provided any information about the condition of the captured sailors. Lawyers do not have access to some of them.

Herashchenko suggested that illegal methods of putting press were applied to the captives.

"We see the mean Kremlin refusing to provide information about the health and detention conditions of our boys… Judging by the provocative video leaked online, on which the boys are forced to read out a text, illegal methods of pressure were applied to them," she added.

On 25 November, Russia blocked the Kerch Strait, fired on and seized the Yani Kapu tug and the Berdyansk and Nikopol gunboats together with their crews of 24 people.

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