In recent weeks, representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have visited prisoners of war held captive in the Russian Federation and Ukraine and handed them the necessary items. This was reported in the press service of the organization. According to her, the visits of representatives of the Committee made it possible to check the condition of prisoners of war and their treatment.
"Our teams were also able to provide items such as books, personal hygiene items, blankets and warm clothing," the statement said.
At the same time, the president of the Red Cross, Mirjana Spolarich-Egger, expects that these visits will lead to more regular access to all prisoners of war.
The press service noted that the ICRC made one two-day visit to Ukrainian prisoners of war last week and one more this week.
"During the same period, Russian prisoners of war were also visited, and more visits are planned until the end of the month," the Committee reported.
In addition, ICRC teams contact the families of prisoners of war and convey news about them.
"Some ask family members not to worry. Others ask them for cigarettes, socks and sweets," the mission representatives said.
The Committee also emphasized that it should be given "unhindered access" to repeatedly visit all prisoners of war in person, regardless of the places of detention.
"Families, I want you to know that your loved ones are our top priority, and we will not rest until we see all the POWs," Spolarich-Egger said.