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National information bureau to collect data on prisoners of war and killed

18.03.2022, 16:08
Russian prisoners of war. Photo :Armed Forces of Ukraine
Russian prisoners of war. Photo :Armed Forces of Ukraine

The Cabinet of Ministers has decided to establish a National Information Bureau (NIB) in accordance with international humanitarian law. 

This order was adopted by the government on March 17 during a meeting, according to Suspilne.

The key goal of this body is to collect (in all possible ways), summarize data on Ukrainian prisoners of war, dead, missing, illegally detained in Russia, including among the civilian population, the press service said.

According to official data from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the losses of Russian troops already exceed 14,000 servicemen. Each day, Ukrainian defenders have been detaining those who have illegally invaded Ukraine since February 24. So, the lists of both dead and prisoners of war of the Russian Federation will also be compiled by the Ukrainian side.

The National Information Bureau will act in accordance with international humanitarian law, in particular Art. 122 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War (III) and Art. 136 of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War (IV).

The NIB will be managed by the Ministry of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine.

.In the future, an "exchange case" or exchange fund will be created in Ukraine. With the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which acts as a neutral mediator, Ukraine will provide information to the other party.

This will allow Ukraine to prove the crimes of the Russian Federation and in the future to intensify the process of exchanging prisoners and bodies of the dead with the Russian side.

On March 17, the hotline of the National Information Bureau - 1648 and (044) 287-81-65 for the initial collection of information and communication with victims was launched. The line will also function in messengers.

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