Russians often refuse to release wounded female POWs | ukraine news

The Russian side often refuses to release the wounded from captivity, as well as female prisoners of war and civilians, including children.

This is according to the Coordinating Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War, reports Ukrinform.

HQ officials held a videoconference meeting on Wednesday with the families of fighters from the National Guard’s 15th Operational Brigade.

Officials said that during POW exchange negotiations, the Russians ignore the norms of international law and often refuse to release the wounded, seriously ill, women, children, non-combatants and civilians – the categories which must be repatriated unconditionally.

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The participants of the meeting also discussed the operations of the International Committee of the Red Cross in the penal colonies in Russia and in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

“The Red Cross visits some detention centers. Often they do not disclose locations due to their confidentiality policy. The ICRC says they do not have access to all detention centers,” the official said. from the headquarters.

As noted, the families of Ukrainian prisoners of war also asked if Russia had reported the transfer of wounded Ukrainians to hospitals.

“Unfortunately, the enemy does not send any information in this regard. We can get this information from other sources,” the HQ noted.

Moreover, from the letters that sometimes come from Ukrainian prisoners, it is impossible to know the place where they are detained because no return address is provided.

As Ukrinform reported earlier, the Coordinating Headquarters stated that Ukrainian military units are not directly involved in the POW exchange process.

Photo: Office of the President of Ukraine

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