Russian forces have “abducted” 106 civilians from the Zaporizhia region including 21 members of the local authorities on Saturday.
The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada Liudmyla Denisova has said on Saturday, “63 people remain in captivity, including 10 officials and one journalist.
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“The reason for the abductions is the pro-Ukrainian position and refusal to cooperate with the occupiers.”
Russian forces in the village of Verkhniy Tokmak, Berdiansk district, Zaporizhia region are looking for participants in the ATO (JFO) and weapons.
Denisova said that the Russians are searching houses, beating people, abducting men and take them away in an unknown places, the villagers are also being threatened with violence.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Iryna Vereschuk announced on Saturday the release of 26 Ukrainian citizens from Russian captivity al 12 military personnel and 14 civilians.
“By order of President Zelensky, the third exchange of prisoners took place today. 12 of our soldiers, including one female officer, are returning home.
“We also released 14 civilians, including 9 women. A total of 26 of our people,” Vereschuk wrote in her Telegram on Saturday.
The Commissioner for Human Rights said, “Such actions by Russian militants grossly violate the right to liberty and security of citizens of Ukraine, guaranteed in Articles 3 and 34 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
“I appeal to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine and the mission of experts, created by the OSCE participating states following invocation of the OSCE’s Moscow Mechanism, to take into account these facts of war crimes and human rights violations committed by the Russian Federation in Ukraine.”
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