Moscow declares determination to return 17 prisoners from Crimea to Ukraine


Human Rights Ombudsman of the Russian Federation Tatyana Moskalkova declares that the Russian Foreign Ministry has requested Kiev to transfer 17 Ukrainians, serving their sentences in Crimea.

“Considering the issue on transferring the convicted citizens of Ukrainian who are in the correctional colonies of Crimea and other regions of Russia is in our near-term plans. Some work has been done and the necessary documents have been prepared to achieve the goal. So the Russian Foreign Ministry has requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to confirm the prisoners’ Ukrainian citizenship, as well as the Ukrainian side’s readiness to accept these citizens for they serve their sentences in the territory of Ukraine,” said Moskalkova.

The Ombudsman also states about her official request Ukrainian colleague Valeria Lutkovska to help in compiling the fullest list of the Russians, who are in the custodial settings of Ukraine.

A day earlier, Moskalkova and her Ukrainian colleague Valeria Lutkovska visited two soldiers, deserted from the Ukrainian army during the Russian annexation of Crimea, in the pre-trial detention center of Mykolaiv.

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