Today, on 5 April, the Human Rights Ombudsman in the Donetsk People’s Republic Daria Morozova together with the OSCE Coordinator in the Humanitarian Subgroup of the Contact Group on peaceful settlement in Donbass Tony Frisch held a meeting with relatives of missing persons and of persons detained in Ukraine.
At the meeting, issues of inadequate detention conditions and low-quality medical assistance in Ukrainian penitentiaries were raised, as well as the unwillingness of the Ukrainian side to officially confirm the presence of persons in their territory and to add them to the exchange lists.
A mother of Yulia Prosolova, who had been sentenced for the murder of the SSU colonel Alexander Kharaberiush, thanked Tony Frisch for visiting her daughter in Ternopol Penal Colony No.63. The OSCE representative promised that he would definitely visit Yulia again at the beginning of May of this year, and also said that he had sent a request to the Ukrainian side to transfer Yulia to a penitentiary in Kharkov.
The meeting was focused on the issue of the search for missing persons. Daria Morozova highlighted that it is necessary to launch a mechanism for the search of missing persons in cooperation with the Ukrainian side as soon as possible since this process has been delayed by the official Kiev since 2014. The OSCE representative expressed support for the efforts made by the DPR Ombudsman to search for missing persons and noted that this issue remains a priority in his activities and the main item on the agenda in Minsk.
In conclusion, the OSCE representative assured those present that he is taking all possible measures to facilitate the search of the missing and the second stage of the prisoner exchange. Daria Morozova thanked Tony Frisch for assistance and support.