As of Monday, 113 Ukrainian hostages remain in the captivity of Russian mercenaries in Donbas. Vasyl Hrytsak, the head of the SBU, Ukraine's state security service said that during the joint briefing in Kyiv on June 25.
'113 hostages are now remaining on the territory, which is now out of control of the Ukrainian government. The members of the self-proclaimed 'republics' only confirmed 24 individuals from this list', he said as quoted by his press service.
Russian crimes related to violation of human rights are the topic of the briefing held in Kyiv on Monday afternoon. As of 12.30 a.m. Monday, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and head of the State Security Service Vasyl Hrytsak talked about the respective crimes, which Russian government allowed against the POWs, political hostages and other illegally detained people.
The event is timed to the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, which is marked globally on June 26. The briefing also features the released hostages and the representatives of an NGO called 'The Union of Relatives of Kremlin's political prisoners'.
The summer PACE session begins on June 25 in Strasbourg. The new president of the assembly will be chosen during it.
Oleksy Honcharenko, the permanent member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE reported to 112 Ukraine that the offer on the debates came from the Ukrainian side.
According to him, the report will be prepared before the report that should be approved by the Legal Affairs Committee on June 27 and it will be submitted to the assembly’s hall on June 28.
“It is very important because we saw the serious blocking of this issue. We look forward that this report will be accepted on Thursday. I hope it will be really tough and give some results and influence somehow on Putin,” Honcharenko noted.