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139 Ukrainians held captive by militants in Donbas, - Gerashchenko
19:52, 15 December 2015
139 Ukrainians held captive by militants in Donbas, - Gerashchenko

Russia and mercenaries suspend search and rescue operations and humanitarian issues

19:52, 15 December 2015

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762 people are considered gone missing in Donbas, according to the list of the intersectoral task group of the SBU (Ukraine’s Security Service). MP and Ukraine’s presidential envoy on humanitarian issues Iryna Gerashchenko posted this at Facebook.

According to her, the Ukrainian side supports the idea to organize search and rescue operations, but the respective decision is being blocked by Russia and the mercenaries.

“Ukraine insists on the clear, systematic and thorough work in this area, but that’s, unfortunately, impossible without cooperation of the Russian Federation and militants, which traditionally suspend all humanitarian decisions”, she wrote.  

Gerashchenko added that as of December 15, militants hold captive 139 Ukrainian servicemen and civilians. “We should have all information on locations and conditions of their detention. It is our primary task and our primary challenge to set them free”, said the MP, adding that militants, in turn, keep demanding that the Ukrainian Parliament pass the amnesty law and thus release their fighters.

According to Gerashchenko, mercenaries never let the Red Cross members visit nor treat the hostages, not even the heavily wounded ones. “Throughout this year, the mission of the International Committee of Red Cross in Ukraine visited Ukrainian prisoners over 100 times, but none of them were allowed in the torture chambers in rebel-held areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions”, she wrote.

Previously, the UN reported about some 3 thousand people gone missing in Donbas since spring 2014.

Related: 141 Ukrainian soldiers are held captive by Russian-backed militants

Related: Trilateral Group in Minsk stated the need to intensify the exchange of hostages

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