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OSCE Coordinator visits prisoners of war in occupied Donetsk

Frisch met only with 4 prisoners out of 10
11:42, 6 April 2019

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Envoy Tony Frisch, the OSCE Humanitarian Coordinator, visited occupied Donetsk, where he communicated with four POW hostages. Iryna Gerashchenko, President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks, posted this on Facebook.

According to Gerashchenko, Frisch visited the prisoners of war, whom the occupants have been refusing to return to Ukraine for four years. The occupants showed him two more civilians, who were illegally detained.

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“According to our previous information, Frisch did not meet with other hostages, although the Ukrainian party insisted on this during the Minsk peace negotiations, in particular, with Stanislav Aseyev. In general, he managed to visit only the third part of those we urged to see,” Gerashchenko wrote.

The families of prisoners asked Frisch to pass their letters and bring feedbacks, as well as to ask about the telephone call possibility.

The envoy handed over the letters to the ICRC, and during the talks in Minsk, it will be known whether the hostages received letters from their families.

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“Unfortunately, instead of 10 POWs, he was allowed to meet only 4. We do not know about the detention of two civilians. Ukrainian party still has the right to the same conditions for visiting penitentiary institutions by the OSCE coordinator. In addition, we have the right to the same permission to meet the ODIR representatives, who are declared in the lists of invited persons by the Russian occupants,” Gerashchenko added.

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