Russians captured the sailors of the cargo ship SMARTA in Mariupol and took them away in an unknown direction
In the territory of the Mariupol Sea Commercial Port, members of the crew of the SMARTA ship under the Liberian flag and the wife of the captain of the ship, who was on board at the time, were captured and taken away in an unknown direction by the military of the Russian Federation, the Ukrainian Parliament Comissioner for Human Rights Liudmyla Denisova reported on Facebook. According to preliminary data, they were taken in the direction of the temporarily occupied Donetsk.
18 people are citizens of Ukraine, 1 — a citizen of Egypt. There is no connection with the crew and the captain’s wife. Before capturing the sailors, Russian troops fired on the ship.
The dry cargo ship entered the port of Mariupol on February 21, 2022, and had to go to Turkey. However, due to active Russian military aggression, it was not allowed to enter the sea, and the ship remained moored at the 18th berth of the port of Mariupol.
“By doing so, Russia violates the right to life and liberty, personal integrity guaranteed by Articles 3 and 5 of the 1950 Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and the right to freedom of movement guaranteed by Article 2 of Protocol No. 4 to the Convention.
I appeal to the UN Commission for Investigation Human Rights Violations during Russia’s Military Invasion of Ukraine and the expert mission set up by the OSCE participating States under the Moscow Mechanism to take into account these human rights violations in Ukraine,” Denisova said.