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Donbas militants did not allow OSCE Coordinator to see Ukrainian POWs in Luhansk

The Ukrainian party insisted on Toni Frisch's meeting with Deyev, Ivanchuk, and Oryshchuk
09:22, 7 April 2019

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Toni Frisch, the OSCE Humanitarian Working Group Coordinator, visited occupied Donetsk, was not allowed to visit Ukrainian prisoners of war Ivan Deyev, Serhiy Ivanchuk and Oryshchuk. The occupants allowed visiting only three illegally detained Ukrainians. Iryna Gerashchenko, President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks, posted this on Facebook.

“I would like to emphasize that neither ICRC nor OSCE representatives were allowed to see our people, despite the many demands of the Ukrainian party. We have all the reasons for serious concern about the complete isolation of the Ukrainian soldiers, illegally held by the occupants,” Gerashchenko said.

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Gerashchenko together with representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine from the center of hostages’ release wrote letters to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and to Martin Sajdik, the representative of the OSCE. They protested against the ban to see Ukrainian hostage.

According to the President's Humanitarian Envoy, Frisch became a participant of "the anti-Ukrainian propaganda video."

“Envoy Toni Frisch permitted himself to become a participant in filming anti-Ukrainian propaganda video by the pro-Russian separatists and the Russian Federation in occupied Donetsk. Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs should react on this,” Gerashchenko pointed out.

President's Humanitarian Envoy informed about the situation President Petro Poroshenko and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin.

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Earlier, Toni Frisch visited occupied Donetsk, where he communicated with four POWs.

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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