On the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine appealed to Russia to ensure the rights to life, liberty and personal integrity of the inhabitants of the illegally annexed Crimea and occupied Donbas. The official comment was published by the press service of the Foreign Ministry.
"Ukraine will continue to work with international partners, including members of the Crimean Platform, so that Russia's violations as an occupying power remain in the focus of constant international attention,” First Deputy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova states.
Thus, 258 people, including 67 servicemen and reservists, are considered missing in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
In addition, at least 44 people have become victims of enforced disappearances in Crimea since the illegal annexation. The fate of 15 of them is still unknown. The vast majority of these people are pro-Ukrainian activists who openly opposed to the Russian occupation.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today the Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea provides procedural guidance in 112 criminal proceedings on 173 cases of enforced disappearance, imprisonment and abduction. "In the vast majority of cases, facts that indicate the involvement of the Russian occupation administration in the disappearances have been revealed," the Foreign Ministry commented.
Finally, Ukrainian diplomats state they demanded that Russia "fulfill its obligations as an occupying power in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law, in particular with regard to guaranteeing the right to life, liberty and security of person."
As it was reported earlier, the Southern District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don passed an illegal verdict against the members of the so-called Alushta group in the fabricated criminal case Hizb ut-Tahrir. The four of them received 61 years in a strict regime colony.