The Red Cross did not guarantee the safety of the fighters/Collage of Channel 24
The Red Cross stated that they could not and did not provide security for Ukrainian prisoners. And when the defenders of Mariupol were taken prisoner, he acted as a “neutral intermediary”.
The relevant information was provided by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Although, on July 5, the Red Cross assured that it was in contact with the captured defenders of Azovstal.
The Red Cross did not guarantee the safety of the fighters
We did not guarantee the safety of prisoners of war in the hands of the enemy, because this is not in our power. We explained this to the parties in advance,” the Red Cross said.
Added that the duty of the parties to the conflict is to ensure the protection of prisoners of war from acts of violence, intimidation and public curiosity, as well as from the consequences of hostilities.
“Only the parties to the conflict can finally ensure the safety and security of prisoners of war,” the Red Cross said.
Added that they visited some of the soldiers in captivity. However, there is no access to everyone, namely to the prisoners in Yelenovka.
The International Red Cross explained that they are obliged to provide access to the prisoners. However, their ability to fulfill their mandate depends on the willingness of the parties to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law.
Statements of the Red Cross regarding prisoners
- After the tragedy in Yelenovka, the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights Dmitry Lubinets said that the Red Cross and the UN were guarantors of the security and exchange of fighters who left Azovstal.
- When it became known about the massacre of Ukrainians in Yelenovka, the Red Cross said that they had asked for access to the site of the tragedy. However, Russia did not allow it.
- Reacting to the tragedy, the Red Cross promised to help with the evacuation of the victims.