© Photo : State border service Ukrainization in the Ukrainian part of the territorial waters of the Azov sea fishing boat Nord. Archive photo© Photo : State border service of Ukraine
Negotiations with the Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova on the return of Russian fishermen from the vessel «Nord», detained in Ukraine, have not given results, since this issue is politicized, said to RIA Novosti, the Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova.
«Russian fishermen from the vessel «Nord» until now, not allowed home since March. I’m working on this issue. Negotiations with Denisova, my colleague, unfortunately yielded no results, since this issue is politicized,» — said Moskalkova.
She noted that there is an obstacle to family reunification, as well as a gross violation of human rights and international norms.
«I urge the Ukrainian society and the authorities to look at these events as a gross violation of human rights and international norms,» — said the Ombudsman.
Ukrainian border guards detained on March 25 Crimean ship «Nord» under the flag of Russia in the Azov sea with 10 crew members. All of them are citizens of Russia, but Kyiv considers them to be Ukrainian citizens. Two members of the crew managed to return to the Crimea via Belarus, seven was removed from the flight to Minsk. The owner stated that the ship is detained unlawfully, and the actions of border guards threat to the lives of crew members. Management of FSB of the Crimea opened a criminal case under article 211 of the criminal code «hijacking an aircraft, sea vessel or railway rolling stock».
Crimea became a Russian region after held there in March 2014 referendum in which 96.77% of voters of the Republic of Crimea and 95.6% of residents of Sevastopol voted for joining Russian Federation. Crimean authorities held a referendum after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. Ukraine still considers Crimea its but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter voted for reunification with Russia. According to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Crimea issue «is closed permanently.»