The Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights Dmitry Lubinets stressed that in this way the International Committee of the Red Cross violated its mandate and obligations.
None of the Ukrainian defenders in captivity saw representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
About it informed Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights Dmitry Lubinets.
“None of the prisoners of war we released saw a representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross. This is a violation. In my opinion, this is a violation of the mandate of the ICRC, and we should talk about it publicly,” he said.
According to Lubinets, he has previously scheduled a meeting with the leadership of the ICRC in Geneva.
“I’m going there in early October precisely because of this situation. Their mandate is to force the aggressor country to comply with the Geneva Conventions … They were present during the exit of our heroes from Azovstal in Mariupol and, in accordance with their mandates, took upon themselves the obligation to check this , follow this, monitor this situation. We saw that this did not happen at all,” the Ombudsman added.
The Great POW Exchange: Details
On September 21, 215 defenders of Ukraine returned from Russian captivity.
In particular, five commanders were released: Azov commander Denis “Redis” Prokopenko, Azov deputy commander Svyatoslav “Kalina” Ponomar, Azov senior officer Oleg Khomenko; Commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade Sergei “Volyn” Volynsky and Commander of the 12th National Guard Brigade Denis Shlega.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 118 National Guard servicemen, 9 police officers and 9 border guards were released from Russian captivity.
Also, 10 foreign soldiers were released from Russian captivity, who defended the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
200 Ukrainians were exchanged for Viktor Medvedchuk, one of the leaders of the Opposition Platform – For Life, and the godfather of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is accused of treason. Ukraine exchanged 55 Russian prisoners.
According to Prosecutor General Andrei Kostin, Ukraine is working on an “all for all” exchange. Official Kyiv is dealing with this issue together with the UN and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.