President Volodymyr Zelensky on Day of Remembrance of Ukraine Defenders met with the families of those killed in action and those who have gone missing in the Donbas warzone.
At the meeting, issues of social and medical support for the families were discussed, as well as effective rehabilitation of war veterans, expanding the list of social benefits and issues with the existing ones, the need to establish memorial plates to fallen soldiers across regions, housing repair issues, as well as those of a fair approach to compensation payments, the President's Office says.
On the eve of International Day of the Missing Persons, the issues were raised of the work of the Commission on persons who have gone missing in special circumstances, as well as the issues of the Unified Register of Missing Persons, the development and approval of a unified protocol of exhumation, and mandatory psychological support for families of those killed in action, missing in action, and prisoners of war.
We will get everyone back: both living and fallen. We eventually will
"When the commission on missing persons under the Cabinet of Ministers starts working, it means that registers of missing persons will be created by category. Six years into the war, we still have no registers of missing persons," said the curator of the 40th Kryvbas battalion, coordinator of the working group at the Presidential Office on Donbas MIAs, military and civilian hostages (prisoners) Mykola Kolesnyk.
Read alsoZelensky: Ukraine sends POW swap lists to DonbasAlso at the meeting, the parties discussed the efforts towards the release of those being illegally held in the temporarily occupied territories and in Russia. Zelenskiy said Ukraine is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
"We actually put everyone in the swap lists. There is no such thing that we put civilians, while leaving out the military. There is no such thing," the president said.
"We will get everyone back: both living and fallen. We eventually will," Zelensky added.
On August 29, Ukraine marks Day of Remembrance of Defenders.
On the anniversary of the Ilovaisk tragedy, the United States called on Russia to pull troops from Donbas.