Iryna Vereshchuk: “10 released Ukrainian servicemen are already in Kyiv – the exchange took place through the efforts of the NIB, Security Service of Ukraine and the Red Cross”

Опубліковано 25 March 2022 року, о 15:30

Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk said that the 10×10 exchange took place yesterday according to the order of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

“The released servicemen arrived in the capital of Ukraine – she said. – On my behalf, they were met at the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories. Now they are being provided with the necessary assistance and later, together with other ministries, they will be helped to get home”. 

Iryna Vereshchuk stressed that the exchange was carried out within the activities of the National Information Bureau in cooperation with the Security Service of Ukraine and with the mediation of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

It has to be reminded that the National Information Bureau (NIB) was established to implement the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and has the task to collect – using all possible sources – and summarise information on:

– prisoners of war,

– the dead,

– missing,

– sick or injured –

both on the part of the Ukrainian and on the part of the occupying forces.

And also – about illegally detained by the occupiers, including among the civilians.

If you are looking for relatives with whom you lost contact during the russian-Ukrainian war, contact the NIB through:

  •  24-hour NIB “Hotline” at 1648 and +38 (044) 287-81-65;
  • e-mail [email protected];
  •  NIB website – nib.gov.ua, through a special form for requests for information on missing persons;
  •  Telegram – @nib_uncp_bot;
  •  Facebook page

NIB is a real chance to find relatives and friends and know the truth about them.

Already today, the bureau processes and records about 300 cases on its profile issues. However, there are many more appeals. When they do not fall within the competence of the bureau, people are given advice on which authority to appeal.

Additionally, the NIB operates in accordance with the norms of international humanitarian law. In particular: Art. 122 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (III) and Art. 136 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (IV).