Lugansk People’s Republic authorities have received 640 appeals from relatives of LPR militiamen held in Ukrainian captivity, LPR Acting Head Leonid Pasechnik said in an interview with the Russian newspaper “Izvestia.”
“It is not possible to name the precise number of captured militiamen held in Ukrainian armed formations’ prison cells, due to inaction of the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) which either does not keep count or avoids giving the lists of the servicemen held in POW camps in Ukraine,” Pasechnik said.
“Consequently, in estimating the number of servicemen held prisoner by Ukrainian armed formations we can only rely on our own lists based on statements by POW relatives. As of now, we have 640 statements,” the LPR leader said.
The Republic is making “all efforts to free each militiaman held captive in Ukraine; we keep drawing the lists which are passed to the Russian Defense Ministry,” he said.
“This process is difficult due to the inconsistent position taken by Ukraine which failed to honor accords more than once amending lists of prisoners and their numbers,” Pasechnik said.
The LPR got back 11, nine and four militiamen in the recent prisoner swaps with Ukraine.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation to protect Donbass residents from Ukrainian aggression. Prior to that, LPR and DPR Heads Leonid Pasechnik and Denis Pushilin asked the Russian leader to provide military assistance. On July 3, the LPR militia and Russian armed forces fully liberated the LPR territory from Ukrainian armed formations.
The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. The peace talks that began soon thereafter failed to reach tangible results due to Kiev’s position to settle the conflict by force.
The Lugansk People’s Republic became a part of Russia on September 30, 2022 following the unification referendum. *i*ie