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Ukraine Demands End to Russia’s Inhumane Treatment of Ukrainian Prisoners of War

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Ukraine condemns the illegal treatment of Ukrainian prisoners of war by the Russian Federation, particularly using them for its own political purposes.

“We demand from the Russian side to strictly adhere to the provisions of international humanitarian law, in particular the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, in relation to service members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who are prisoners of war,” reads the statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

In this context, Ukrainian diplomats emphasise that all foreign citizens and stateless persons participating in hostilities in the territory of Ukraine as part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are voluntarily accepted for military service under a contract in accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On Military Duty and Military service” of 1992.

The relevant persons are service members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, to whom, in accordance with the provisions of the 1949 Geneva Conventions for the Protection of Victims of War and 1977 Additional Protocol I, the legal status of combatants applies. This status, among other things, entitles such persons to be treated as prisoners of war if captured by the enemy power.

“Ukraine strictly adheres to the obligations under international humanitarian law. Within the framework of an international armed conflict caused by the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, our state adheres to the laws and customs of war, set forth, in particular, in 1949 Geneva Conventions for the Protection of Victims of War and 1977 Additional Protocols,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine informs.

Ukraine observes the humane treatment of prisoners of war and provides them with all the rights and guarantees provided for in international law.

“We demand humane treatment of Ukrainian prisoners of war from the Russian side. Any illegal act or inaction on the part of the detaining power is prohibited,” reads the statement by the Ukrainian side.

Natalia Tolub

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