Gerashchenko: MEPs ‘shocked’ at meeting former hostages in Donbas and their families

Source : 112 Ukraine

First Deputy Parliamentary Speaker posted this at Facebook on September 21
11:48, 21 September 2016

‘I could have told thousands stories and we could have made hundreds appeals but they would be nothing in comparison with the true stories of Volodymyr Zhemchugov, Dmytro Kulish, Vitaliy Korovyakivskyi. Our emotional appeals to pay attention to the issue of the captives are nothing in comparison with the tears and sorrow of mothers and wives of the hostages. It was obvious that the European colleagues experienced an emotional shock’, Iryna Gerashchenko posted.

The First Deputy Parliamentary Speaker and the representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of Minsk trilateral contact group added that the EU officials make more efforts for this issue (the issue of hostages in Donbas and tortures that they endure) to sound even clearer in the political circles across the EU.  

‘Today, the Europeans realized that the provision of Minsk agreements stating that the illegally detained persons must be released is much more than merely provision of the document. It’s about human fates’, Gerashchenko wrote.

‘The hostages that were caught in the trap near Illovaisk, have told how Russians had been shooting their friends and brothers. They told about tortures and abuses. Volodymyr told that he had been psychologically tortured for a year. He had been told that he is a disabled persons and no one needs him… Mothers and wives of the hostages who are kept in the captivity by the militants for two years called the EU to enhance sanctions against the Russian Federation as an aggressor country’, the post goes.

Source: Iryna Gerashchenko's Facebook

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