ICRC confirms new visits to Ukrainian prisoners of war held by Russia

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MADRID, Dec. 8 (.) –

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Mirjana Spoljaric, has announced this Thursday a new round of visits to Ukrainian prisoners of war in the hands of Russia by members of the international organization to confirm their state of health and inform the same to their families.

The delegates have been able to verify “the conditions in which they are being held and the treatment received by the detainees, as well as transmit their much-awaited news to their families,” according to an ICRC statement coinciding with the start of a four-day visit to Ukraine. of the president of the ICRC.

“My expectation is that these visits allow more regular access to all prisoners of war,” Spoljaric said.

“To the families: I want you to know that your loved ones are our top priority and that we will not rest until we can visit all the prisoners of war,” added the ICRC president.

As it has done on other occasions, the ICRC recalls that all prisoners of war have the right to receive regular visits from delegates of the organization in accordance with the Third Geneva Convention.

“These latest visits represent important progress, but the ICRC must be given unrestricted access to meet with all prisoners of war in private and on repeated occasions, wherever they are detained,” the committee requests.

Spoljaric, he explained on his Twitter account, will spend the first day of his visit meeting with residents of Mikolaiv and Kherson and meeting the teams working in the east of the country, near the front of hostilities.

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