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.
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.
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.