The Latvian official presented her report during the Thursday PACE debates dedicated to status of Ukrainian citizens detained or imprisoned by either pro-Russian militants in Donbas, pro-Kremlin officials in occupied Crimea or law enforcers in Russia.
“Since the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and the beginning of military operations in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine, hundreds of Ukrainian servicemen and civilians have reportedly been captured or abducted. Some of them have since been released, but many of those who are still being held captive are allegedly being held in inhumane conditions and are allegedly subject to torture, humiliation, forced labour and other forms of violence”, reads the document.
Kleinberga’s report assesses the implementation of one of the cornerstones of the Minsk Agreement on the exchange of prisoners and release of hostages and persons illegally detained in the context of the war in Ukraine. It contains recommendations addressed to all sides of the conflict to speed up this process in compliance with their international commitments. It also calls on the Russian Federation to release all Ukrainian prisoners who have been captured and imprisoned in the Russian Federation and in annexed Crimea on politically motivated charges.
“The report pays special attention to the needs of released persons and their families. It encourages the Ukrainian authorities to settle the issue of medical, legal, financial and social assistance to released persons. For those people who are still in captivity, the State should provide financial support to their families”, reads the doсument.
Nellija Kleinberga also offered to impose sanctions on those involved in arrests of Ukrainians in Russia. The list includes those who kidnapped, illegally detained and judged Nadiya Savchenko.