ICRC to have access to Ukrainian captives in occupied Donbas to speed up their release – Yermak
Head of the President's Office of Ukraine Andriy Yermak has said representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will have access to Ukrainian captives illegally held in the territories of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO).
According to Yermak, such an agreement was reached at a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) in Minsk, the president's press service reports.
During a "Freedom of Speech by Savik Shuster" panel show on Ukraine TV channel on March 13, he emphasized that one of the items of the protocol of the last TCG meeting concerned the release of Ukrainian citizens held in the uncontrolled territories.
"We have agreed in the TCG that the Red Cross will be allowed to the places where our people are located in the uncontrolled territories," Yermak said.
According to the official, he decided to attend the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group because many of the agreements reached by the presidents during the Normandy Four summit in Paris had not been implemented over three months.
"So I decided to come personally and check what is going on there," Yermak added.