ESTABLISHMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT COMMISSION ON MISSING PERSONS AND CREATION OF EXCHANGE LISTS
The Working Group on Missing Persons in the Donbas and Military and Civilian Hostages (detainees) discussed the establishment of the Commission for the Search of Missing Persons in the Government, the formation of search groups based on it, as well as the registers of missing persons.
The meeting of the Working Group was held at the President's Office, according to the website of the President.
Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons, Oksana Koliada, her deputies and advisers for a more expeditious resolution of issues, representatives of the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Head of the Joint Centre for Hostage Release, representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the National Police and the Ministry of Defence attended the meeting.
“The participants of the meeting discussed, in particular, the issue of establishing a permanent Commission for the Search of Missing Persons under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the formation of search groups on its basis, as well as the military and civilian registers of missing persons,” said the press release.
According to Oksana Koliada, Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs, the Ministry has initiated amendments to the legislation to transfer authority to the Ministry and form search groups. According to her, activities will be accelerated with the help of the President's Office.
Koliada also noted that the legal expertise of the draft bill was being finalized at the Ministry of Justice.
She also stated that there is a team of experienced professionals who are ready to start working on search robots.
For his part, the coordinator of the Working Group MykolaKolesnyk stressed the importance of discussing the appointment of members of the Commission at a meeting of the Working Group.
“I saw the previous composition of the Commission for the Search of Missing Persons- almost 90% of the persons there were not involved in this important work at all,” he noted.
According to the President's Office, the participants of the meeting also discussed the problem of forming a list for the release of detained persons at the Joint Centre for Hostage Release.
It is noted that the issue arose due to the appearance of information in the mass media that some of the released citizens paid money on the territory of ORDLO to get on the exchange list. In addition, it was reported that individuals who returned to the Government-controlled territory of Ukraine allegedly cooperated with militants.
“We do not want to take on the function of making any assessments regarding behaviour or giving them a legal assessment for the return of a Ukrainian citizen to the Government-controlled territory,” said representative of the Security Service of Ukraine HennadiiKuznetsov.
At the same time, he noted that law enforcement officers would search for supporting materials already upon the return of the detained citizens to the Government-controlled territory.
The Working Group also discussed the issue of assisting civilian hostages after their release. These include, for example, restoring documents, obtaining financial assistance and more.
“The participants of the meeting agreed on the need to develop and work out such a mechanism of assistance from the state already before the next return of detained persons,” said the President's Office.
In addition, as the participants of the meeting noted, the draft law “On social and legal protection of persons deprived of their personal freedom as a result of armed aggression against Ukraine” is undergoing legalexpertise at the President's Office, and it is expected that the President will submit it to the Verkhovna Rada as an urgent priority.