Russia’s defense ministry ignoring inquiries about captured PoWs, complicating swaps, lawyer says

7 March, 06:45 PM
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The Russian Ministry of Defense has stopped responding to lawyers' requests regarding Ukrainian prisoners of war, which complicates the process of their exchange, lawyer Leonid Solovyov told Telegram channel Oshchorozhno_novosti on March 7.

Previously, the agency’s response was that if a Ukrainian prisoner of war was held captive in Russia, work could begin on including the prisoner in the exchange lists.

Now such a scheme is impossible as the Russian Defense Ministry ignores such requests.

"Such actions make it impossible for relatives to establish, at least on paper, whether their relative is alive," the lawyer said.

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Now, inclusion in the lists is possible only through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or through commissioners.

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