Ukraine brings back to Russia all severely wounded prisoners who could be transported

Ukraine sent to Russia all the severely wounded occupiers captured since the beginning of the large-scale Russian invasion, whose condition allowed transportation.

Source: ​Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War

Details: Adhering to international obligations, in accordance with Articles 109-114 of the Geneva Conventions and with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Ukraine unilaterally transferred severely wounded and seriously ill captives of the occupiers to the Russian side.

In this case, it is not about the exchange of prisoners of war, but rather about repatriation: it is the return of severely wounded prisoners without any conditions, as stipulated by international humanitarian law, the headquarters explains.

Quote: "At the same time, the aggressor state, systematically disregarding international norms, is still holding thousands of Ukrainian citizens hostage, including the seriously ill and wounded, civilians, children and women, the elderly, as well as those who were captured by Russia even before the start of the large-scale invasion.

According to international humanitarian law, all these categories of citizens should be returned to Ukraine by repatriation without any conditions. Despite this, Russia not only continues to hold civilians and non-combatants hostage but also refuses to allow representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross into their places of detention, does not provide them with contact with relatives, proper nutrition, medical care, deliberately creating inhumane conditions of captivity.

Ukraine calls on the world community to increase pressure on the aggressor state to force Russia to comply with international humanitarian law and release all illegally detained citizens of Ukraine from captivity."

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