Poroshenko wants Council of Europe to send mission to Russia to monitor situation of imprisoned Ukrainians

20:00, 25 March 2016
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has addressed the Council of Europe with a request to send a special mission to Russia to monitor the situation of Ukrainians imprisoned in the Russian Federation, the president’s press service reports.

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During a meeting with EU Commissioner for Human Rights ‎Nils Muiznieks, the Head of State urged the EU Commissioner to facilitate liberation of Nadia Savchenko and other Ukrainian political prisoners held captive in Russia: “Criminal prosecution of Ukrainian citizens illegally retained in Russia is politically motivated and contradicts generally accepted legislative regulations and principles. These cases have similar features that prove the existence of a very dangerous trend,” Petro Poroshenko said.

Read alsoPrisoners of conscience: Why Kremlin needs Ukrainian hostagesThe President addressed the Council of Europe with a request to send a special mission to Russia to monitor the situation of Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia. “We must use every opportunity to control the situation of imprisoned Ukrainians and impose other necessary mechanisms, particularly monitoring of Russia by the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture,” the President said. In his turn, Nils Muiznieks informed that he monitored the situation of Nadiya Savchenko and other imprisoned Ukrainians.

Poroshenko informed the EU Commissioner on a disastrous humanitarian situation in Donbas caused by Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine. He emphasized that Russia, as occupant state, bears full responsibility for human rights violations in the region.

As UNIAN reported earlier, 28 Ukrainian citizens are being held in Russia’s penitentiaries on trumped-up and politically motivated charges, according to human rights activists.

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