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 Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry recommends citizens ‘to assess risks’ when going to Russia due to gross and systematic violations of Ukrainians’ rights

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs notes with concern that in recent years the cases of unjustified detention of Ukrainian citizens, lack of humane treatment of the Ukrainians by the Russian law enforcement agencies and their behavior incompatible with human dignity, the use of our unacceptable methods of physical and psychological pressure, including torture have become the norm in the territory of the Russian Federation.

This is stated in an official document of the Foreign Ministry, Censor.NET reports.

The recommendations note: "By conducting such actions, as well as numerous instances of failure to notify the Consulate of Ukraine in the Russian Federation on the detention of the Ukrainians, the failure to ensure their inalienable right to meet with a consular officer, the Russian side violates the universal norms of international law in the field of human rights and freedoms, and its international legal obligations under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963 and the Consular Convention between Ukraine and the Russian Federation of 1994".

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"The Ukrainian side notes that gross violations of Russia's obligations under the international law, including in the field of consular relations have become systemic in nature," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasizes.

"In this context, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends Ukrainian citizens to realistically assess the existing risks and existing threats and carefully weigh the need for such travel when planning trips to the Russian Federation," the Ministry states.

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The Ministry recommends "In any case of detention, inhumane treatment, physical and psychological pressure from the Russian authorities or citizens the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends Ukrainian citizens to immediately contact the hot line of the Ministry's Rapid Response Center (+38 044) 238-16-57, or the direct hot line of consular establishments of Ukraine, located in the territory of the Russian Federation, namely:

Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation (Moscow) +7 919 768-77-96

Consulate of Ukraine in Novosibirsk +7 913 799-27-75

Consulate of Ukraine in Rostov-on-Don: +7 918 587-99-93

Consulate General of Ukraine in St. Petersburg +7 921 304-05-72

Consulate of Ukraine in Yekaterinburg +7 953 000-02-07."

 
 
 
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