Over 30,000 Ukrainians could have been in prisons and remand centers on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine (separate districts of Donetsk, Luhansk regions and Crimea) at the moment of Russia’s occupation. Those people were imprisoned before 2014 by the Ukrainian courts, as the press office of Ukraine’s Justice Ministry reported under the request of 112.ua.
“As of January 1, 2014, 32,409 imprisoned Ukrainians were in the penal institutions and remand centers on the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. 17,703 of them were in Donetsk region, 11,325 – in Luhansk region, 1,381 – in Crimea,” the establishment reported.
The representatives of the Ministry informed that 554 convicted Ukrainians were transported from Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Crimea to Ukraine-controlled territories for serving their sentences.
The majority of the convicted were transported from Luhansk and Donetsk regions (542 people), and from Crimea (12 people).
It should be noted that a certain number of the convicted or those kept in custody could be released before Crimea’s annexation (before March 18, 2014) and occupation of separate districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (May 2014). Some of them could have been released by the militants.
In her turn, Ukraine’s Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova stated that a part of imprisoned who serve sentences in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics ask her to transfer them to Ukraine-controlled territory.