Ukraine insists on access for ICRC to prisons on occupied territories

Source : 112 Ukraine

Tthe representatives of the ICRC have not had access to Ukrainian prisoners in Russia and on the occupied territories over the years of the war at all
21:43, 18 April 2018

At the Trilateral Contact Group session, Ukraine insisted on access for the International Committee of the Red Cross to the prisons on the occupied territories, as Iryna Herashchenko, First Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, the President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks, wrote on Facebook.

“We insist on the immediate access to the prisons on the occupied territories for the ICRC and today I raised this question many times. The ICRC should facilitate the search for the missing, the information of the detainees, monitoring of the situation in the prisons,” Herashchenko said.

According to her, the ICRD has full access to Ukraine’s penitentiary system, while the representative of the ICRC have not had access to Ukrainian prisoners in Russia and on the occupied territories over the years of the war at all.

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Besides, Herashchenko appealed to the OSCE coordinator and Russia’s representative to facilitate the unblocking of the searches of the missing on the occupied territories.

“At the humanitarian subgroup session in Minsk I addressed Toni Frisch, the OSCE Coordinator, and Russia’s representative demanding to apply all possible efforts and their absolute influence to facilitate the process of searching the missing on the occupied territories and assist the Ukrainian side to receive the information on our soldiers, who have been kept in ORDLO prisons, we do not have any information on their location or condition,” Herashchenko stated.

According to her, Russia did not respond to the proposal to exchange 23 convicted Russians for Ukrainian prisoners.

“And again, I stress the readiness of the Ukrainian side to hand over 23 Russians convicted for the crimes against territorial integrity in exchange for Ukrainians kept in Russia as soon as possible. We have not received the response to this offer. At the same time, the representative of the ORDLO (separated districts of Donbas and Luhansk regions, - ed.) continue including these Russians in the lists as “militiamen” – the residents of “young republics”,” she wrote.

As Herashchenko believes, Russia does not express interest towards its citizens kept in Ukrainians prisons.

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As it was reported earlier, at the Trilateral Contact Group session Ukraine stated about its readiness to exchange 23 Russians for its political prisoners kept in Russia. 73 Ukrainian hostages came back home. 233 persons were transferred to the occupied territory.

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