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Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Hryb, illegally held by Russian authorities, is on the verge of life and death, as reported by the Verkhovna Rada's human rights envoy Liudmyla Denisova.

“Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb, held Russian dungeons, is on the verge of life and death! The 20-year-old political prisoner needs urgent heart surgery because his state of health is supercritical,” Denisova wrote on Facebook.

In particular, she stressed that as a result of Hryb's medical exams, doctors diagnosed a number of serious diseases.

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According to Denisova, the administration of the detention center in Rostov region, where the Ukrainian is being held, underestimates the young man's critical condition and ignores serious illnesses. She noted that Paul is not provided full-fledged medical treatment, while this leads to existing diseases becoming more acute.

Also, as the ombudsman stated, "the negative impact on the state of health of the Kremlin's political prisoner is reinforced by conditions of his detention, stressful situations, and malnutrition."

"I appeal to Chairman of the United Nations Committee against Torture, Jens Modvig, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic, Vice-President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Gilles Carbonier, head of the delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Ukraine, Alan Aeshlimann, and head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Fiona Fraser, asking you to help Pavlo Hryb receive urgent health care," wrote Denisova.

“I also appeal to diplomatic staff stationed in Rostov-on-Don, with a request to take all possible measures to implement impartial and objective monitoring of the rights and freedoms of the political prisoner. I ask you to be present during court hearings in the case of the imprisoned citizen of Ukraine Pavlo Hryb," the Ombudsperson concluded.