Red Cross has no exclusivity over humanitarian work, Russia does not give anyone access to POWs - Rozenko
Pavlo Rozenko, vice-president of the Ukrainian Red Cross, has noted that the release of POWs is possible only through negotiations and exchange, that is, the task of the negotiating group of the Ukrainian side is to negotiate with Russia, and international organizations can only help
He told Espreso about this.
"Regarding the violations of the rights of prisoners of war in Olenivka and the lack of statements from the International Committee of the Red Cross, the policy of this international organization is to cooperate with governments and provide information about what the representatives of the Red Cross heard and saw. Accordingly, there are still consultations regarding the legalization of the issue of violations of the rights of prisoners of war. As far as I know, the International Committee of the Red Cross was allowed to Olenivka only once, when our prisoners of war were brought to the colony. After that, the Russian Federation did not give anyone the opportunity to gain access to the places where the prisoners of war were located, because it is not only Olenivka, but there are at least 15 more places where Ukrainian military personnel are held captive," noted the vice-president of the Red Cross of Ukraine.
Pavlo Rozenko emphasized that the international organization of the Red Cross does not have an exclusivity in humanitarian activities.
"In such a situation, the government of Ukraine and international organizations have only the information provided by the Russian Federation. It is possible to influence Russia through general pressure, this includes negotiating positions that should be and are being conducted by the Ukrainian side with Russia. It must be clearly said that saving the lives and health of the Azov fighters can only be restored by returning them home to Ukraine. And this is only through negotiations and the exchange of prisoners, that is, it is the task of the negotiating group of the Ukrainian authorities to conduct negotiations with the Russian Federation, and international organizations can only help," explained Rozenko.