Russia is currently detaining over 100 Ukrainian civilians without charge. This includes individuals who reside in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
Olga Skrypnyk, the head of the board of the Crimean Human Rights Group, made this statement.
As of January 12, only 53 people have been verified according to international standards, as noted by the human rights activist. The list of these individuals has already been submitted to the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Crimes in Ukraine.
Determining the number of people held without charge is very difficult. Their names do not appear on any court website, and they are deprived of lawyers. Some are constantly being transferred, and others have been taken to russia.
Skrypnyk reminded that the Simferopol Detention Center is currently holding Spanish volunteer Mariano Garcia Calatayuda and the mayor of Hola Prystan Oleksandr Babych, among others.
Petro Yatsenko, head of the press service of the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War, stated that russia is illegally holding thousands of Ukrainians hostage.
They’re passed off as prisoners of war, which makes it extremely difficult to get them back. Meanwhile, the russians have no legal basis for keeping these people in prison.