Red Cross keeps a register of all Ukrainian servicemen leaving Azovstal
The International Committee of the Red Cross maintains a register of Ukrainian servicemen, including the wounded, leaving the Azovstal plant
This is announced in a statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
According to the organization, through registration, the committee should help prisoners keep in touch with relatives.
The International Committee of the Red Cross began registration on May 17. On the second day of the operation to rescue Ukrainian defenders, "hundreds of soldiers" have already been recorded.
During registration, Ukrainian fighters must provide personal data: name, date of birth, and next of kin.
This information allows the Red Cross to track down those captured and help them keep in touch with relatives.
The organization stressed that the ICRC doesn't transport prisoners of war to their places of detention, but only registers them.
By the mandate given to the ICRC by states under the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the organization must have immediate access to all prisoners of war in all places of detention.
The ICRC should be allowed to interrogate prisoners of war without witnesses, and the duration and frequency of these visits should not be unduly limited.
To save lives, 52 severely wounded Ukrainian servicemen were evacuated on May 16.
Earlier, the Azov Regiment stated that the defenders of Mariupol obeyed the order, delayed the overwhelming forces of the enemy for 82 days, and allowed the Ukrainian army to regroup.
Mariupol was blocked by russian troops on March 1, 2022. The houses of 84,000 citizens were destroyed. It is impossible to make an exact calculation of the dead. According to preliminary estimates, up to 22,000 people died in Mariupol.