Families of Azovstal defenders and victims of Olenivka terrorist attack looking for ways to return their relatives from captivity
The families of prisoners of war, who were injured during the terrorist attack in Olenivka, have successfully consolidated the cases related to the incident into a single criminal proceeding. In addition to their efforts in lodging appeals and collaborating with state authorities to investigate and bring attention to this crime within Ukraine, the families of the defenders have also joined forces with human rights NGOs. Through collaborative investigations with these organizations, significant progress has been made to propel the case forward and explore avenues to elevate it to the international level.
Anna Lobova, a wife of a soldier heavily wounded in the terrorist attack, a representative of “Olenivka Families Community” NGO, made this statement during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.
“We hope that the work will continue. It is easier for us to work on the investigation because we can do something. As wives, as mothers, we are powerless to affect the release (of our relatives – Ed.), because it is not we who can do it. We can provide information, but the Coordination Headquarters and relevant agencies do the subsequent work,” she explained.
As reported, on the night of July 28-29, 2022, russians carried out a terrorist attack aimed at brutally killing the unarmed and exhausted defenders of Azovstal held in colony No. 120 in Olenivka. The Ukrainians had been held captive for more than two months at that time. According to unconfirmed data, the barbaric crime resulted in at least 53 Ukrainian defenders being killed and over 130 wounded.
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