Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Matilda Bogner statedthat Russia did not grant the mission access to Ukrainian prisoners of war held on its territory or on territory under its occupation.
“This is all the more worrying as we have documented POWs being tortured and ill-treated, and some places of detention lack adequate food, water, healthcare and sanitation,” Bogner said at a press conference.
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She confirmed that the UN mission received information about the serious state of health in the correctional colony in Yelenovka, where many Ukrainian prisoners of war were ill with infectious diseases, including hepatitis A and tuberculosis.
The Mission also documented numerous cases in which Ukrainian POWs were not allowed to contact their relatives to inform them of their captivity, whereabouts and health status.
“We are also monitoring the cases of several pregnant prisoners of war. We call on the Russian Federation, as the holding state, to consider the immediate release of these women on humanitarian grounds,” Bogner said.
She added that the UN monitoring mission will continue to document and report the facts about the violation of the rights of prisoners of war.
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