13 February 2018

DPR Ombudsman says Kiev blocks search for missing people in Donbass

The Ukrainian side has completely blocked the work to find people who had disappeared since the beginning of the conflict in Donbass, stated the Human Rights Commissioner in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Daria Morozova.

"At the moment, according to UN reports, in the territory of Ukraine there are 900 unidentified graves, and I'm more than confident that we would have long ago found there some of those people who had gone missing. But the Ukrainian side completely blocks this issue, and we can not advance this process," the DPR Human Rights Commissioner said.

Morozova stressed that she is currently hopeful of progress on DNA databases’ exchange between the DPR and Ukraine. According to the Ombudsman, this will greatly simplify the search for missing persons. At the same time, she stressed that the interaction with Kiev in the humanitarian subgroup of the Contact Group on the situation settlement in Donbass had not brought significant results on any topics of the talks.

"The Minsk agreements can be considered the only political way to suspend the active phase of hostilities, but it is difficult to regard them as an effective way to end the bloodshed for civilians in Donbass," Morozova concluded.

DONi News Agency