The “DPR” authorities released Ukrainian volunteer drivers who helped evacuate residents of Mariupol, who were detained back in March.
This was told by Polina Murygina, head of the legal service of the project “Helping to leave”, the newspaper writes. “Present Tense”.
Our publication said that in the midst of hostilities, despite the lack of humanitarian corridors and a limited number of vehicles, many residents of Mariupol tried to get out of the besieged city. Volunteers who risked their lives to save people who fell into the heat of war helped.
They carried humanitarian aid to the port city, evacuated people from the destroyed Mariupol – women, children and pensioners – and tried to save their loved ones from the bombing. At the end of March, volunteers stopped communicating. More than three months were held captive 33 drivers, they were charged with “terrorism” and threatened with imprisonment for a term of 5 to 10 years. Relatives had no contact with the drivers all this time. Only in early June, the journalists of the publication “Mediazona” learned that they were in a colony in the village of Yelenovka on the territory of the “DPR”.
Volunteer drivers spent more than 100 days there. Relatives did not know what was happening to them. “We really want to get at least officially recognized that they are there,” said lawyer Murygina. The fund reported that they had recently become aware of new abducted volunteers who are still in Yelenovka.
According to the human rights organization Media Initiative for Human Rights, five to seven thousand Ukrainians, military and civilian, may be imprisoned in Russia.