Vadym Novynskyi, MP, member of the parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, De-occupation and Reintegration of the Donbas, requires the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Ministry of Justice to provide information on the work, which is being conducted by departments for the release of Ukrainian sailors from captivity in Libya. He sent the corresponding deputy request to the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Ivan Bakanov, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Vladyslav Krikliy and the Minister of Justice of Ukraine, Denys Maliuka.
In it, in particular, the MP notes the inaction of law enforcement agencies in the issue of the release of citizens of Ukraine, members of the crew of the “RUTA” vessel, who have been in prison in Libya since April 2017. The politician emphasizes that law enforcement agencies do not provide relatives with information about the fate of the crew, as well as they take no measures to return the state-owned “RUTA” vessel to Ukraine.
“More than 17 months have passed since the publication of this information on May 14, 2018, and the fate of the citizens of Ukraine (crew) and the property of the state (“RUTA” vessel) is unknown. The fate of other detained sailors who are illegally or unjustifiably detained in other countries is also unknown. I ask you to take all necessary response measures, as well as provide information on the steps taken to return the seafarers referred to in the appeal, as well as measures to return civilian vessels owned by the state,” the request says.
As previously reported, four Ukrainian sailors from the “Captain Khayyam” vessel, flying on the flags of Sierra Leone, were detained in Libya in February 2016. Another 14 Ukrainians, crew members of the “RUTA” vessel, flying under the flags of Ukraine, were arrested in Libya and have been forcibly kept in prison since April 2017. Relatives of the crew members appealed to the MP, Vadym Novynskyi, for help in their release.