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Ukrainian ombudsperson visits Russian citizens in prison

August 17, 2015, 16:54 UTC+3 KIEV
The spokesman noted that the two Russians’ health condition was satisfactory. "One of them, Yerofeyev, has some problems with his hand, but the treatment is underway," ombudsperson’s spokesman said
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TV screen showing Alexander Alexandrov

TV screen showing Alexander Alexandrov

© AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov

KIEV, August 17. /TASS/. Ukrainian human rights ombudsperson Valeria Lutkovskaya has visited in prison on Monday Russian citizens Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev who were detained in May in the town of Schastye in the Luhansk region, the ombudsperson’s spokesman Mikhail Chaplyga told TASS.

"A few hours ago the ombudsperson personally talked with the Russians for the first time since their transfer to the detention center," he said.

According to Chaplyga, after the Russians’ transfer to the detention facility they were visited by Russia’s Consul in Ukraine. "He also visited them during their stay in the hospital, there were no obstacles to his visits," he said.

The spokesman noted that the two Russians’ health condition was satisfactory. "One of them, Yerofeyev, has some problems with his hand, but the treatment is underway," Chaplyga said.

He added that Alexandrov and Yerofeyev had an opportunity to meet their relatives but only through their lawyers.

Alexandrov and Yerofeyev were detained by the Ukrainian military on May 16 near the town of Schastye in the Lugansk region. The Ukrainian authorities said that the detainees were allegedly Russian servicemen. However, the Russian Defence Ministry said on May 18 that "Russian citizens Alexander Alexandrov and Yevgeny Yerofeyev captured by the Ukrainian Security Service in the Lugansk region were not active duty military personnel at the moment of their detention."

On May 22, a district court in Kiev arrested the two Russian citizens. The Kiev Court of Appeal ruled on June 10 that they should remain in custody, thereby confirming the ruling of the court of original jurisdiction.

The trial of Aleksandrov and Yerofeyev is scheduled for September.

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