How Russian prisoners of war are kept and what they do in Ukraine

The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine spoke about the conditions of detention of prisoners of war of the Russian Federation.

Russian prisoners of war are in a special camp in the west of Ukraine, as well as in almost every region of Ukraine – in stations, in accordance with international law. Ukrainian Ministry of Justice hopes that the Russians will adhere to established international norms. A press release from the ministry said:

“In the institutions of the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine, 51 sites have been created for the detention of prisoners of war, located in almost every region of Ukraine, and 1 camp, located in the west of the state.”

Minister of Justice of Ukraine Denys Malyuska gives details:

“The camp for prisoners of war is guarded. Proper living conditions have been created for the detainees here, medical support has been organized. It is important that prisoners of war work. They do not spend their lives just looking at the ceiling. They are engaged in woodworking and benefit Ukrainian society.”

There are situations when it is impossible to deliver prisoners of war to the camp, explains Malyuska. In this case, they are temporarily held at the polling stations in ordinary places of detention and pre-trial detention centers. Mandatory condition – separately from convicts. There are also those prisoners of war at the polling stations who could be exchanged for Ukrainians in the near future. The Minister of Justice emphasizes:

“I am sure that when we show how we are holding Russian prisoners, this footage will certainly be seen in the Russian Federation, and we expect that they will keep our citizens in similar conditions until we exchange them.”

between Ukraine and Russia has already taken place several stages of the exchange of prisoners of war after the start of a full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation. There have been similar exchanges before, during fighting in eastern Ukraine and against the backdrop of the occupation of Crimea. Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, has transferred her powers for the exchange of prisoners of war to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense and the Security Service of Ukraine. The exact number of neither Russian nor Ukrainian prisoners of war is known.

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