Red Cross still has no access to Ukrainian prisoners in Russia, Lubynets says

17 January, 07:10 PM
Dmytro Lubynets (Photo:Дмитро Лубінець / Facebook)

Dmytro Lubynets (Photo:Дмитро Лубінець / Facebook)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) still hasn't regained access to Ukrainian prisoners-of-war in Russia, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubynets wrote on Telegram on Jan. 17.

The situation is to be clarified during an online meeting of Ukraine, Russia and ICRC representatives, Lubynets said.

He said that he discussed in Turkey with his Russian counterpart Tatyana Moskalkova the functioning of the ICRC in general and the issue of its access to the prisoners-of-war – and civilians captured by Russia in particular.

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Lubynets proposed to organize an online meeting for the two ombudspersons and the top officials of the ICRC from Ukraine and Russia.

He said this could be helpful in understanding the essence of such access and the possible ways of gaining it, so the ICRC representatives of the respective Monitoring Missions in Ukraine and Russia can have access to prisoners, and work in accordance with their mandate.

The ombudsman said his proposition is yet to be accepted. He said hopes it could help in improving the situation with Ukraine's prisoners, who are being held by Russia in desperate conditions.

In the beginning of November, Lubynets said that the ICRC had "withdrawn" from its obligations.

In October Ukraine called on the ICRC to send a mission to the colony in the Russian-occupied settlement of Olenivka , where at least 40 Ukrainian imprisoned troops were killed in a Russian terror attack on July 29.

Following the incident, the Red Cross said he "shared Ukraine's frustration" and asked for immediate access to all prisoners-of-war.

On Dec. 8, Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross paid a 4-day-long visit to Ukraine and met with Ukrainian prisoners-of-war.

Ukraine is working on establishing an international mission that will be capable of monitoring the detention conditions of Ukrainian soldiers captured by Russian invasion forces.

The Head of the presidential office, Andriy Yermak, told the President of the ICRC that her organisation has done nothing to monitor the detention conditions of Ukrainians in Russian captivity.

On Dec. 21, it was reported that ICRC representatives had finally managed to get to a site where Ukrainian prisoners are being detained in Russia. The exact location wasn’t specified, but about 120 Ukrainian troops imprisoned by Russia reportedly received warm clothes and hygiene items.

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