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Russia not to allow ICRC mission to Ukraine’s prisoners in Donbas
19:34, 26 October 2016
Russia not to allow ICRC mission to Ukraine’s prisoners in Donbas

Russia supported initiative of Kyiv to provide unimpeded access to representatives of International Committee of the Red Cross to all illegally held

19:34, 26 October 2016

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that Russia has refused to admit the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mission to the Ukrainian prisoners in the occupied Donbas during the presentation of credentials of the Ambassador of Poland to Ukraine Jan. President’s Administration press service reports this.

"Today we received the official refusal with respect to visits of the members of the general humanitarian mission of the Red Cross International Organization. They were again denied access to our hostages", Poroshenko said.

Related: Poroshenko receives credentials from Ambassador of Poland Jan Peklo

He pointed out that the relevant agreement on the admission of the ICRC was reached in Berlin during the Normandy format meeting.

"The President drew the attention of the Ambassador of Poland to the fact that Russia, in spite of the agreements reached in Berlin during a meeting in Normandy format, does not allow the representatives of the International Red Cross Committee to the Ukrainian hostages", reads the statement.

Related: ‘DPR’ capture Ukrainian citizen, charge her with preparing to kidnap their comrade

He noted that the violation of the agreements is "absolutely unacceptable".

Poroshenko also said that the OSCE observers were again attacked by Russia-backed militants that tried to establish an observation post on the disarmed territory, but this was prevented by the Ukrainian military.

Related: OSCE SMM in Donbas reports limited access to disengagement areas

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