New camp for Russian prisoners of war to open in Ukraine
Due to the large number of Russian prisoners of war, a new camp for their detention will soon open in Ukraine
Ukraine’s Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets announced this on November 7.
Lubinets said that based on the example of the Zakhid-1 camp, the conditions in the new camp will meet all the requirements of international humanitarian law. The Russian military will have medical care, three meals a day, communication with their families and constant access to representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The camp itself is located deep behind the frontline, as stipulated by the Geneva Conventions.
The increase in the number of prisoners of war is due to both the situation at the front and the fact that Russia is blocking prisoner exchanges.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, about 2,600 Ukrainian citizens have been returned from Russian captivity. Now the dynamics of exchanges has slowed down.
Most of the exchanged are military personnel, but there are also civilians. However, recently, there has been no such dynamics with exchanges as there was before, both in terms of the number of exchanges and the number of people returned.
The last exchange of prisoners took place on August 7. Ukraine returned 22 more captured soldiers home.