Ukraine expects and demands due determination from the International Committee of the Red Cross in gaining access to the Ukrainian prisoners in Yelenovka. After all, it was precisely for such tasks that the organization was created, noted head of the Office of the President Andrey Ermak.
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“Unfortunately, we did not see the readiness of the International Committee of the Red Cross to do everything possible to protect the Ukrainian captives,” he wrote.
Yermak recalled that the ICRC representatives did not join the trip of the Ukrainian delegation to the contact line in the Zaporozhye region.
“War is a test both for people and for international organizations. Unfortunately, the Red Cross not only tolerates the violation of all norms of international law by Russians, but also does it silently,” Yermak said.
He stressed that “Ukraine expects and requires the ICRC to be decisive in gaining access to the Ukrainian captives in Yelenovka, because the organization was created precisely for such tasks.”
Yermak agreed that the main obstacle to the arrival of the ICRC mission in Yelenovka is, first of all, the “destructive and cynical” position of the Russian Federation. “At the same time, unfortunately, we do not see that the ICRC is working to protect our prisoners. Ukrainian society does not see this. The relatives of the defenders do not see it,” the head of the President’s Office noted.
- On October 13, Zelensky said that the Red Cross “cannot reach” Ukrainian prisoners during all eight years of the war. He noted that the Red Cross is not a club with privileges and it has obligations.
- Ukraine gave the Red Cross three days to send a mission to the colony in Yelenovka.
- On October 14, the Red Cross demanded “immediate and unhindered access” to all prisoners of war. The ICRC claims that they “were ready within a few months” to visit the colony in Yelenovka, but “cannot get access by force.”
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