Scale of people going missing unprecedented in modern history — Ukraine’s interior ministry

30 April, 12:40 PM
About 2,000 victims were declared unidentified, Interior Ministry said (Photo:Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine / Facebook)

About 2,000 victims were declared unidentified, Interior Ministry said (Photo:Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine / Facebook)

During a meeting with a delegation of the International Commission on Missing Persons on April 29, Deputy Interior Minister Meri Akopyan stated that in the two months of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, law enforcement agencies have received more than 7,000 reports of people going missing, calling this an unprecedented event in modern world history.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs added that about 2,000 discovered bodies of the dead have been marked as unidentified, though 1,282 were later identified. 

To date, 927 DNA examinations have been ordered as part of criminal proceedings. 

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is asking for help from partner countries and international organizations for supplies for forensic testing, the involvement of additional expert groups, and the creation of a modern unified register of missing persons. 

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The Ministry noted that in a few weeks, an expert group will arrive in Kyiv to provide specific proposals on identifying victims of Russian aggression. 

According to the United Nations, as of April 28, at least 2,899 civilians had been killed and another 3,235 wounded in the war waged by Russia in Ukraine.

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