The Ombudsman noted that the occupiers torture illegally detained persons, do not provide them with proper medical assistance and detain them in unsatisfactory conditions.
Such actions are a violation not only of Ukrainian legislation, but also of international law, the Ombudsman emphasized / flickr.com/Jérémy LARROQUE
Ombudsman of the Verkhovna Rada Lyudmila Denisova reported about serious health problems of the prisoner of war Yuriy Gordiychuk, who is being illegally detained in the Makeyevka correctional colony No. 32 in the occupied part of the Donetsk region.
As Denisova said in Telegram, Gordiychuk has chronic diseases: tonsillitis followed by swelling of the throat, causing suffocation.
She noted that it became known from the reports of monitoring and human rights organizations that the occupation administration of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territory uses physical force, torture and psychological pressure on illegally detained persons, threatens with physical harm, does not provide adequate medical care and detains them in unsatisfactory conditions.
The Ombudsman stressed that such actions are violations not only of Ukrainian legislation, but also of international law.
She turned to the leadership of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine with a request to urgently visit Gordiychuk in the colony, facilitate his immediate hospitalization and provide him with qualified medical care.
“I ask the OSCE coordinator in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, Charlotte Relander, to personally intervene to provide appropriate assistance,” she added.
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Denisova recalled that Gordiychuk, a senior soldier of the 43rd motorized infantry battalion of the 53rd separate mechanized brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, served in the armed conflict zone in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
On May 22, 2019, he and seven other servicemen were illegally detained in the vicinity of the Novotroitskoye settlement of the Volnovakhsky district of the Donetsk region while they were crossing the Berezovoe-2 checkpoint during the execution of the assignment.
Five of them – Alexander Geimur, Kim Duvanov, Boris Pundor, Maksim Goryaev, Viktor Shaida – were released as part of an exchange. Roman Bespaly did not live to see his release. In October 2019, the occupation administration announced that he had allegedly committed suicide under arrest. Pavel Korsun and Yury Gordiychuk remained in illegal captivity.
In June 2019, Gordiychuk was illegally sentenced by the “Supreme Court” in the ORDO to 17 years in prison for allegedly “sabotage activities.”
War in eastern Ukraine
Russia began an armed conflict in Donbass in April 2014 – after the occupation of Crimea by Russian troops.
The provocateurs controlled by the Kremlin began to incite the local population and participate in pro-Russian actions themselves.
Soon, the “protests” controlled by the Russian special services developed into the seizure of buildings of local self-government bodies and ended with the proclamation of “republics”, the legitimacy of which is recognized only by Moscow and its close satellites.
For the occupation of Crimea and certain territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the United States and the EU imposed a number of sanctions against the Kremlin.
Putin himself denies the involvement of his country in resolving the conflict in Donbass, claiming that there are no Russian troops in ORDLO.
At the same time, Russia is trying to persuade Ukraine to negotiate directly with the militants, stating that it is only a “third party” in order to absolve itself of responsibility for the started aggression and avoid tougher sanctions.
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