Nearly 300 people have been reported missing in the Crimea annexed by Russia and in the self-proclaimed republics in the Donbas, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported. Among the missing are 67 soldiers and reservists.
On Monday, the International Day of Forced Disappearances of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kiev draws the attention of the international community to the fate of missing and abducted people in the territories of Ukraine temporarily occupied by the Russian Federation – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, and in parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, the ministry said in a statement.
According to the data of the Ukrainian human rights ombudsman, 258 people are considered missing in the separatist republics, including 67 military and reservists.
Since the beginning of the annexation in 2014, at least 44 people have been victims of enforced disappearances in Crimea and Sevastopol, it added. The fate of 15 of them remains unknown so far.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kiev, most of the missing are “pro-Ukrainian activists who openly spoke out against the Russian occupation.” The ministry also said that in the vast majority of cases, facts were found that indicated the involvement of the Russian occupation administration in the disappearances. There have also been numerous cases of intimidation of relatives of missing persons or witnesses.
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