Following the instructions of Vice Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, the National Information Bureau (NIB) is updating the lists of civilian hostages held in Russian captivity and is starting work on creating a separate register of Kremlin prisoners.
We are talking about those Ukrainian citizens, civilian hostages, who were deprived of their personal freedom by the occupiers because of their political or social activities.
Currently, the NIB knows about at least 170 such people. In fact, the number of our citizens held captive because of their political or public activities may be much higher.
First of all, it is about the Crimean Tatars who have been resisting the occupiers for 9 years of occupation of the peninsula.
It is symbolic that the NIB is starting to work on the creation of such a register on the eve of the Day of Crimean Resistance to Russian Occupation, which Ukraine celebrates on February 26th.
The Ministry of Reintegration notes that the country should know by name the heroes who challenged the man-hating system, lost their personal freedom, but retained their freedom of spirit and dignity. The independence of the nation and the state begins with such people!