Ukraine’s pre-trial detention center in Lvov refuses to provide the lists of prisoners-of-war except in cases when Lvov region residents are exchanged, said United Russia Party member Viktor Vodolatsky, first deputy chairman of the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament committee on CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots.
Vodolatsky voiced the problem at a meeting with Lugansk residents at the new public liaison room of United Russia chairman Dmitry Medvedev. People complained that they had been unable to find their missing relatives who could be held captive in Ukraine.
“We’ve had cases where the Lvov detention center wouldn’t give us the data on who is kept there,” he said. “When they need a prisoner exchange to get back Lvov region residents, they provide the information on this or that person saying they are ready to exchange them. The Lvov detention center makes no difference between the servicemen from the LPR or Russia. They mostly don’t provide information.”
The Lvov detention center is the only facility that refuses to provide POW lists. There are no such issues with other Ukrainian detention centers, Vodolatsky said.
“We get information from Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk and Chuguyev. The Lvov facility is the most odious and inhuman, where captured Russian servicemen get abused, “ the lawmaker said.
Head of the legal department of the LPR ombudsperson’s Office Alina Nechayeva said 122 LPR militiamen have returned from Ukrainian captivity since the beginning of the special military operation (SVO).
Last month, the LPR got back 24 militiamen (11, nine and four) in three prisoner exchanges with Ukraine. On November 10, LPR Acting Head Leonid Pasechnik said that another 35 Donbass defenders had returned from Ukrainian captivity, including 33 LPR militiamen and two LPR residents who had fought for the DPR.
The Russian Federation and Ukraine held prisoner swaps on November 23 and 24, in which 85 Russian servicemen including 23 Lugansk region fighters returned from Ukrainian territory. Ukraine also got back 85 people, mostly army personnel.
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