Many Families of Civilian Hostages Do Not Even Know Whether Their Loved Ones Are Still Alive — NGO “Civilians in Captivity”
For months, russians have been holding captive not only military personnel, but also Ukrainian civilians. The fate of many of them is unknown. Illia Honchar, brother of a civilian prisoner, member of NGO “Civilians in Captivity”, told this during the briefing “Christmas in Captivity” in the Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform.
“I represent about 200 families who this year will not be able to celebrate the New Year and Christmas holidays in the family circle, because their relatives were taken away by military personnel of the russian federation and representatives of the occupation authorities. These are nurses, drivers, security guards, teachers, entrepreneurs, and even pensioners. These are people aged 18 to 80 years and older. The large part of them suffer from chronic diseases and need constant medical care. There are also wounded people who were severely beaten and maimed by the russian military. No matter what the families of civilian prisoners do, they cannot ensure that doctors or representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross and humanitarian agencies are allowed to visit their relatives. Many families don’t even know if their relatives are still alive,” Illia said.
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