Ukraine demands that Belarus provides information about detained Ukrainians

Source : 112 Ukraine

Minsk avoids doing so, breaching the diplomatic order
12:50, 13 August 2020

Protests in Minsk, August 10, 2020
Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Belarus does not provide Ukraine with information about the location of Ukrainians Kostyantyn Reutsky and Yevhen Vasylyiev detained during the protests. Ukraine sent two notes to the Foreign Ministry of Belarus with the demand to provide information about detainees, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba said.

The detainees are accused of the participation in the mass unrest, which was accompanied by violence over people, pogroms, arsons, property destruction, or armed resistance to a representative of authority.

The detainees face imprisonment from three up to eight years.

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According to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, the residence place of the detainees was searched; the laptop of Reutsky and passport of Vasylyiev were confiscated.

Kuleba stated that the consul visited the two largest detention centers; however; he got no information about Ukrainians.

“Official bodies of Belarus do not inform us about the location of our citizens and in fact, the consul visited all places, where the detainees can be kept to establish at least some information about the stay of countrymen,” Kuleba said.

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Ukraine also demands to provide the possibility for the Consul to meet the detainees, and release people to return them to Ukraine.

On August 12 in Minsk, law enforcers severely detained Ukrainian volunteers of Vostok-SOS organization Kostyantyn Reutsky and Yevhen Vasylyiev.

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine responded to the detention of the Ukrainian volunteers. The Embassy of Ukraine to Belarus assumes measures so as to establish the location and find out the incarceration conditions of the detained Ukrainians.

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As of August 12, nine citizens of Ukraine were detained in Belarus. Besides, the Ukrainian photojournalist was beaten.


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