OSCE’s coordinator to visit Ukrainians in militant captivity in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

DNR militants agree to not press for the release of 20 criminals
16:01, 31 July 2017

The Verkhovna Rada

OSCE’s co-ordinator of the Working Group on Humanitarian Issues Ambassador Toni Frisch will visit the Ukrainians illegally detained by militants in Donbas in August, as first Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Herashchenko informed on Facebook as to the results of the Minsk humanitarian subgroup talks.

“We demanded that the Makiivka colony should be a mandatory place (for a visit), as our soldiers, women and civilians, including Ihor Kozlovsky, are detained there. We demanded for ombudsman Lutkovska to be granted access to the prisons on occupied territories, but the response yet again was that one MP had already visited the prisons and didn’t find anything wrong with the conditions of detention,” she informed.

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The Ukrainian side also demanded an immediate release of detained journalist Stanislav Aseev.

“We emphasized the inadmissibility of torturing the illegally detained. I believe this topic should be in the centre of TCG attention during the meeting in Minsk on August 2,” she added.

“But the militants continue demanding the release of 45 people, who have nothing to do with the conflict and had committed serious crimes, - the Berkut representatives, who participated in murderinbg the Heavenly Hundred, the organizers of terrorist attacks in Kharkiv and Odesa. It’s obvious that such blackmailing is inadmissible, and the Ukrainian side keeps its position: we are ready for a compromise regarding releasing and exchanging for detained Ukrainians those, who fall within the Minsk agreement, and where the Ukrainian legislation allows,” the Ukrainian representative says.

“Another interesting detail: the militants demand the release of a Russian “lost soul”, the Russia’s government serviceman Ageev, as they present him as a “militant”. Ukrainian position here is clear: he is a war criminal. We are expecting Russia to admit his presence in Ukraine; the court is to determine the gravity of his offence. The world must know the details of the crime, as it’s proof of Russian military presence in Donbas,” she added.

As it was reported earlier, Iyna Heraschenko intended to demand that the OSCE co-orrdinator visit detained Ukrainians. The issue is urgent, as it became known that the Ukrainian woman Lyudmyla Surzhenko, who until recently was in LNR captivity, was tortured.

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