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MFA condemns the Russian occupiers' inhumane treatment of journalist Danilovych

23.03.2023, 12:09

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemned Russia's repressive action against illegally detained political prisoners, namely the latest case of such repression: the failure to provide proper medical care to citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych.

This was announced by the MFA press office.

"We call for the immediate hospitalization of the citizen journalist, whose illness may lead to her death if not treated urgently and comprehensively, as has already happened with political prisoners Kostyantyn Shyring and Cemil Gafarov," the agency said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the international community and Ukraine's partners, in particular within the International Crimean Platform, to keep pressuring Russia to release all Ukrainian citizens illegally imprisoned by the occupation regime in Crimea immediately, and to introduce sanctions against the officials involved in the persecution of Ukrainian citizens.

We remind you that on December 28, 2022, the occupation court of Feodosia, Crimea, sentenced citizen journalist and human rights activist Iryna Danilovych to seven years in prison on the charges of illegal storage and manufacture of explosives under Part 1 of Art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the Russian occupation authorities in the temporarily occupied Crimea for "sentencing" Ukrainian citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych to 7 years in prison.

Iryna Danilovych was detained on April 29 in the occupied Crimea. She was detained on her way from work on the road from Koktebel to Feodosia. Her house in Vladislavivka village was searched, her phone and laptop were seized.

In late July 2022, Danilovych said that officers of the Federal Security Service of the russian federation (FSB) beat her and continue to pressure her.

Iryna Danilovych worked as a nurse, and was also a citizen journalist, covering the problems of the health care system in Crimea and sharing information about the war in Ukraine.

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened a case regarding the illegal searches and detention of Iryna Danilovych.

On March 21, Iryna Danilovych wrote a letter announcing she was going on a dry hunger strike until "the treatment begins or until biological death." In the letter, she reported on the deterioration of her health: hearing issues and a possible microstroke.

On March 22, 2023, multiple human rights organizations called for the immediate hospitalization of Iryna Danilovych.

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