EU calls on Russia to release Ukrainian journalists convicted in the occupied Crimea

March 29, 2023

The EU called illegal the sentences handed down in Crimea to Ukrainian journalists, in particular Iryna Danylovych, Vladyslav Yesypenko and Asan Akhtemov. This was stated by Swedish Ambassador Anna Jardfelt at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.

“All commanders, perpetrators and accomplices of war crimes and other most serious crimes, as well as persons who violate international law, in particular international human rights law and international humanitarian law, will be held accountable. We welcome the launch of an investigation by the ISS Prosecutor into the situation in Ukraine following a request from the ISS Member States, including all EU Member States”,- Jardfelt said.

We remind you that on March 10, 2021, in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation detained a citizen of Ukraine Vladislav Yesypenko for collecting information in the interests of the special services of Ukraine. The man was placed under arrest until May 11. The political prisoner was tortured with electricity for two days. Thus, he received the first testimony.

On April 29, in the occupied Crimea, in the village of Vladyslavivka near Feodosiia, Russian security forces searched the house of civic journalist Iryna Danylovych, after which the woman was detained.

On March 22, Iryna Danylovych went on a dry hunger strike until she was provided with normal medical treatment or until her death. She took this step in protest against the bullying of her by the administration of the pre-trial detention center because of the failure to provide medical assistance.

On September 3-4, in the occupied Crimea, the houses of the Crimean Tatars Eldar Odamanov, Aziz Akhtemov, Shevket Useinov, Asan Akhtemov and Nariman Dzhelyalov were searched. The security forces confiscated the equipment and took the men with them.