Copyright © 2024 Euromaidanpress.com

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

ICRC did not show up to visit Ukrainian POWs in Olenivka

ICRC did not show up to visit Ukrainian POWs in Olenivka

Andriy Yermak, the head of the President’s Office of Ukraine, reprimanded the International Committee of the Red Cross for ignoring Ukraine’s request to visit prisoners of war in Olenivka.

“War is a test both for people and for international organizations. Unfortunately, the Red Cross does not just tolerate Russian violations of all norms of international law, but also does it silently,” Yermak wrote.

On October 17, representatives of the ICRC did not arrive at the border with the temporarily occupied territory in the Zaporizhzhia Oblast, where the Ukrainian delegation was waiting for them. There, the Red Cross was supposed to obtain from Russia access to Olenivka and visit Ukrainian prisoners of war.

According to Yermak, the Verkhovna Rada’s human rights commissioner Dmytro Lubinets, adviser to the head of the President’s Office Dariya Zarivna, and people’s deputies Maria Mezentseva, Yehor Chernev, Denys Maslov, and Olena Khomenko arrived at the contact line on Monday. However, Yermak regrets that ICRC representatives did not join the Ukrainian delegation on this trip.

“Unfortunately, we do not see that the ICRC is working to protect our prisoners. The Ukrainian side has every reason to expect decisive proactive actions by the ICRC to implement its humanitarian mandate, as well as a clear public position and communication of all its actions aimed at overcoming the most acute humanitarian challenge in Europe,” he added.

Yermak called on other international organizations and humanitarian actors to take active steps, whose human rights mandate “should not allow them to stand aside and passively watch as Russia continues to commit the most brutal crimes of our time.”

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here


    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts