MFA of Ukraine: the Russians continue to unlawfully detain 11 Ukrainians, 4 of them being tortured

As of February 11, 2016 in the territory of the Russian Federation illegally detained 11 citizens of Ukraine Hope Savchenko, Oleg Sentsov, Alexander Kolchenko, Oleksiy Chirniy, Gennadiy Afanasiev, Sergey Litvinov, Nikolai Karpyuk, Stanislav Klich, Yuriy Soloshenko, Vyhovsky Valentin, Alexander Kostenko. On Thursday, 11 February 2016, at the weekly briefing in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine reported the press Secretary of the Ministry Marian Betz.

The transcript of the briefing posted on the official website of the Department.

Foreign Ministry calls on the international community to strengthen its influence on the Russian Federation for the purpose of full implementation of the Minsk agreements

According to the press Secretary, the development of litigation against illegally detained in the Russian Federation of citizens of Ukraine is characterized by frequent failure of so-called «justice» in the application of the defence of the accused of involvement in cases of evidence of their innocence, refusal of admission of consular officials of Ukraine to the Ukrainians held, the pressure on them to obtain the necessary evidence, these facts of violation by the Russian side of international law and international legal obligations in the sphere of ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens.

According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, today, on 11 February in Tarasovskiy district of the Rostov region court began the public hearing on consideration on the merits of the citizen of Ukraine, a member of the volunteer battalion «Dnepr» Litvinova. After the meeting, the consuls General Consulate of Ukraine (CCU) held a meeting with Litvinov, in which he appealed to the Ukrainian diplomats about their presence during the next meeting and ensuring the participation of lawyers. The next meeting will be held on 25 February this year.

As previously reported, Litvinova, the Russians were first accused on the territory of Luhansk oblast incredible «war crimes» (quoted according to his lawyer Victor Parshutkin): «by order of the management of Ukraine was raped and killed nine women in the territory of the Luhansk region and killed around 30 men, as stated in the accusation, because of political hatred». After confirmation of these conjectures, there was found no «evidence» other than «testimony» of those with whom he was in the hospital for Rostov as a prisoner of war, the court was provided with materials of new cases concerning allegedly committed forcible acquisition of two private cars («robbery»).

This last fall the adviser to the interior Minister Anton Geraschenko stated that first, such a fighter in the battalion «Dnepr» never was, and, secondly, that «the battalion was never completed any tasks on the territory of Luhansk region — he acted in the Western Donbass-Kurakhovo, Marinka, Krasnoarmeysk, under Mariupol, Ilovaisk».

With regard to the case Karpuk and Klich, 10 February, despite three attempts to start the hearing in the Supreme court of the Chechen Republic (Grozny), it did not take place due to «the absence of witnesses for the prosecution in the relevant Russian courts at the place of residence for questioning by video link». However the meeting of the Consul of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Rostov-on-don with unsovtsev’s lawyers, said the press-Secretary of the foreign Ministry.

«The trial continues in the case of the people’s Deputy of Ukraine, delegate PACE Savchenko. The process reaffirmed that this case, like all other proceedings against the citizens of Ukraine, who illegally held in the Russian Federation, from the very beginning had a custom political characteristics, there is no evidence base, it is built on trumped up charges and lies completely outside the legal field,» continued Betz.

«…Unfortunately, during the trial of this case there are no representatives of the media (with the exception of the Russian portal «Caucasian Knot»), and especially Ukrainian, which deprives the public of opportunities to review the progress of this business», — said the representative of the foreign Ministry of Ukraine.

«In order to protect the rights and interests of Ukrainian citizens, illegally detained in Russia, diplomatic institutions of Ukraine in the Russian Federation in conditions of neglect the Russian side of the universal norms and principles of international law in the field of human rights measures within the framework of consular support cases. Provided diplomatic response to the violations of international norms and the current legislation», — concluded Betz.

According to the information available to Klich, Kabuku, Sentsov, Afanasyev and continue to be at risk of torture.

At the same time, Betz said nothing about Kaisere the Dzhemilev — the son of the leader of the Crimean Tatars, people’s Deputy Mustafa Dzhemilev.

Foreign Ministry calls on the international community to strengthen its influence on the Russian Federation for the purpose of full implementation of the Minsk agreements

Betz stressed that today the Russian Federation «has not fulfilled a single item of the Minsk agreements», and controlled the illegal armed groups that operate in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, systematically and intensively continued to fire at positions of the Ukrainian Armed forces.

In addition, terrorists are using weapons, which was to be allotted in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

«The most dangerous are the Donetsk and Mariupol directions», — said the press Secretary of the foreign Ministry.

Betz also reminded about numerous cases of obstruction of the militant activities of the Special monitoring mission of the OSCE, in particular, the denial of access to the border and the shelling of observers from the mission.

«The Russian side continues to ship through temporarily uncontrolled by the Ukrainian government areas of the state border of Ukraine in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts weapons, military equipment and mercenaries,» said the spokesman and added that the IAF from Russia receive full logistical support.

In addition, in the interests of militants carried out air reconnaissance in the ATO area with the use of drones.

Betz also recalled the receipt of the SBU evidence of cooperation with terrorist officers of the armed forces of the Russian Federation working in the Joint center for control and coordination of questions of ceasefire and stabilization of demarcation line of the parties (SCCC). «Such actions are contrary to stated Russia’s readiness for a peaceful settlement showed an absolute unwillingness to meet its obligations in accordance with the Minsk agreements, threaten to disrupt the process of peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbass,» said Betz.

«We urge the international community to strengthen the impact on the Russian Federation to ensure the steady implementation of the Minsk agreements in full», — she emphasized.

MFA of Ukraine: the Russians continue to unlawfully detain 11 Ukrainians, 4 of them being tortured 11.02.2016

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