Unprecedented weight loss of 77 kg in Russian captivity alarms human rights officials

Written by Jeppe W

Dec.08 - 2023 10:07 AM CET

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Ukrainian citizens returning from Russian captivity face severe health conditions, with the largest officially recorded weight loss being a staggering 77 kilograms over five months, disclosed Dmytro Lubinets, the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights.

His comments came during the international conference on human rights titled "Freedom or Fear."

Lubinets shared the harrowing details of the conditions in captivity, where Ukrainians are given barely nutritious sustenance, likened to "painted water." He also highlighted the concerning situation of approximately 28,000 Ukrainian civilians currently held captive by Russia.

The Ombudsman expressed frustration over the lack of access to precise information regarding the exact locations and numbers of Ukrainians in Russian captivity.

Moreover, he pointed out that the Russian authorities have imposed strict prohibitions on communication, denying captives even the basic right to write letters.

These revelations provide a stark insight into the grim reality of Ukrainian prisoners in Russian custody, underscoring the urgent need for international attention and action in addressing these human rights violations.