Vereshchuk: Red Cross has no access to most Ukrainian prisoners of war in Russia

Vereshchuk: Red Cross has no access to most Ukrainian POWs in Russia

The Red Cross has no access to most Ukrainian POWs in Russia. This was announced at a briefing by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk.

– We demand that the Red Cross be more categorical in its international mandate. Because he is the only one who can have guarantees that the party to the conflict will allow him to be prisoners of war. In Ukraine, we adhere to all the rules of international humanitarian law. But Russia does not do it so systematically that we are already tired of talking about it. The Red Cross does not have access in Russia to most of the prison camps and pre-trial detention centers that we know about … The world is powerless in front of Russia's barbarity, she said.

Vereshchuk said that, in addition to military personnel, Ukraine managed to release from Russian captivity 103 civilians. In total, more than 1.5 thousand civilians are in Russian prisons. They are sitting in Rostov, Kursk as prisoners of war.

Also, according to her, only half of the planned humanitarian corridors – 165 out of 350 – were opened because of Russia. Ukraine, as well as the opening by Russia of humanitarian corridors to the territory under its control.

According to the minister, Russia deported about 1,200,000 Ukrainian citizens to the territory under its control. This is less than the figure that is called in the Russian Federation. According to the aggressor country, two million citizens of Ukraine left for its territory.

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