Ukraine MFA warns Ukrainians of dangers of traveling to Russia

17:55, 18 October 2017
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Head of Department of Consular Support at the Department of Consular Services of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Vasyl Kyrylych calls on Ukrainians to refrain from traveling to Russia, which has become a "danger territory," according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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"I would like to take the opportunity to urge the citizens of Ukraine to refrain from their intentions to visit the Russian Federation, as Russia has become a danger territory for Ukrainians," the diplomat said at a press conference in Kyiv on October 18.

He also expressed his strong conviction that further diplomatic pressure on Russia would result in the release of a 19-year-old Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb, illegally held in custody in Russia.

"I think that systematic and coordinated actions with human rights defenders and international institutions will yield results [release of Pavlo Hryb]. I am convinced of this," he stressed.

Noteworthy, the Oktiabrskiy District Court in the city of Krasnodar of the Russian Federation on October 18 extended the arrest of Pavlo Hryb, who was detained in the Republic of Belarus, until January 4, 2018.

As UNIAN reported earlier, a member of the State Border Guard Service's public council, Ihor Hryb, said on August 28 his 19-year-old son, Pavlo Hryb, was missing. Pavlo reportedly disappeared in Belarus on August 24 after he had traveled to the city of Gomel for a meeting with a Russian girl whom he met on social networks and who had allegedly also flown to Gomel.

The youngster's father said Pavlo was supposed to return on the same day. When it did not happen, the father went to Gomel in search for his son. He found out that Pavlo was wanted by the FSB in Krasnodar Krai (Sochi) under Article 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (an act of terrorism).

Read alsoFSB-abducted Ukrainian teenager arrested by Krasnodar court so far has no access to required medication – lawyerIt became known on September 7 that Pavlo was being kept in pre-trial detention center No. 5 in the Russian city of Krasnodar. On September 13, the court in Krasnodar ruled to arrest Pavlo Hryb until October 17.

On September 15, the Foreign Ministry reported that Hryb was transferred from the detention facility to a medical center. On September 16, he was returned to the detention facility. On October 6, lawyer Yevgenia Zakrevskaya stated that the ECHR invited Ukrainian doctors to assess Pavlo's health condition and to find out whether he receives the treatment required.

"I hope that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Health and the Ombudsperson will do everything to ensure that our doctors get to Pavlo Hryb as soon as possible, while Russia will not dare violate the direct instruction by the ECHR and refuse their access to Pavlo," the lawyer said.

The case of Pavlo Hryb is being personally supervised by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin.

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