UKRAINE IS WAITING FOR THE RELEASE OF UKRAINIANS WHICH ARE DEPRIVED OF THEIR LIBERTY AS A RESULT OF ARMED AGGRESSION AGAINST OUR COUNTRY AND IS READY TO PROVIDE THEM WITH ALL NEEDED ASSISTANCE AND ACCOMPANIMENT
The Government adopted a Decree which provides for the procedure for the implementation of social and legal protection of persons deprived of their liberty as a result of armed aggression against Ukraine, after their release.
It is about released prisoners of war who fought for the integrity and independence of Ukraine. And also about civilian captives who were deprived of personal freedom for political reasons, or were imprisoned with the aim of further pressure on Ukraine and other international organizations.
«Each time we met our released prisoners and captives of the Kremlin, and each time the authorities began to adopt decisions on the mechanism for providing assistance. Admittedly, a lot of issues had to be solved almost “in manual mode”. Now this resolution makes it possible to develop and then apply a certain roadmap with an algorithm of assistance and support for the released», ‒ said Oksana Koliada, Minister for Veterans Affairs, Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine.
These persons, after their release, will be provided with all legal and social assistance provided for by this resolution. Namely: a meeting was organized for those released and their escort to medical facilities for examination and, if necessary, further treatment and rehabilitation; the provision of one-time financial assistance in the amount of 100,000 UAH; providing temporary housing, if necessary, as well as further accompanying persons, helping them to undergo professional and other adaptation.
«We understand that people are in terrible conditions in the captivity of the Kremlin authorities and, especially, illegal armed groups. Therefore, upon returning home, they need psychological assistance in order to return to normal life after not just imprisonment, but also the torture and interrogations to which the captives are treated. They require medical intervention: from prosthetics to the treatment of serious diseases, including surgery. In addition, political prisoners often have housing in the temporarily occupied territory and upon returning to Ukraine they simply have nowhere to live, and we must resolve this issue as well»,‒ said Oksana Koliada.
Assistance to those released will be provided on the basis of a decision of the interdepartmental commission, which is formed by the Ministry for Veterans Affairs and will include representatives of the Law enforcement agency, as well as representatives of other state authorities and civil society organizations.