EU Demands Medical Treatment For Ukrainian Prisoners
The European Union remains committed to fully implementing its policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol
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The European Union urges Russia to immediately provide medical assistance to Pavlo Hryb and Edem Bekirov, Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU foreign affairs and security policy, said in a statement.
The EU said that Ukrainian doctors must be allowed to see Hryb while he remains in detention, as required by a recent injunction from the European Court of Human Rights.
In regards to Bekirov, the EU said that they “expect him to be released without delay and granted access to urgent and appropriate medical care.”
“The European Union remains committed to fully implementing its policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol,” Kocijancic said.
Pavlo Hryb, a disabled, 20-year old citizen of Ukraine, was abducted on August 24, 2017, in Belarus. He went to see a girl he met online and did not return home. In September, it became known that he was being held in a Krasnodar detention center in southern Russia. Russian authorities accuse Hryb of terrorism.
Russian security forces arrested Edem Bekirov on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, when he was trying to enter the Crimean peninsula near Chongar. Bekirov was heading to Crimea to visit his 78-year-old mother and relatives.
Bekirov was arrested at about 8.30 a.m. at passport control on the territory controlled by the Russian-occupation forces. He was then transferred to Simferopol, where the Kremlin-controlled Kyiv District Court brought charges of storage and transfer of explosives and ammunition against him.