Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Liudmyla Denisova, and her Russian counterpart, Tatyana Moskalova, plan tomorrow, July 16, to exchange lists of Ukrainian and Russian citizens detained in Russia and Ukraine.

“We discussed the mechanism for the return of our Ukrainian citizens who are in Russia and the Crimea, and citizens of Russia, who are in Ukraine and are held in places of non-freedom,” Denisova said.

In addition, she added that during the meeting they discussed the provision of assistance to Ukrainian political prisoners.

“We separately discussed the issues of Edem Bekirov, Pavlo Hryb, Volodymyr Balukh, Yevhen Popov, Volodymyr Dudka and Stanislav Klykh. We agreed that Ms. Moskalkova will discuss the possibility of providing independent doctors in order to examine our citizens. Some of them, for example, Dudka to provide with a medical certificate. Speaking about Mr. Hryb, there are different opinions about the need for surgery,” she said.

The Ukrainian Ombudswoman added that she had also agreed with the Russian delegate about the possibility of providing additional medical support to the Ukrainian sailors if such a need arises. This is about Vasyl Soroka, Andriy Artemenko and Andriy Eider, who were injured during their capture by Russian security forces in November 2018, and Yuriy Budzila, who suffers from diabetes.

“We will verify the citizens who are held in the territories, and we will hold possible meetings to resolve the mechanisms for their return,” she concluded.

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