When Ukrainian citizens return home from Russian captivity, their health is in a critical condition.
"The biggest weight loss officially recorded, after five months of Russian captivity, is 77 kg (about 170 lb or 12 stone)," reported Dmytro Lubinets, the Human Rights Commissioner of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (Parliament), at the Freedom or Fear International Human Rights Conference.
Dmytro Lubinets, Human Rights Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Photo: Facebook
Lubinets said that in addition to prisoners of war, 28,000 Ukrainian civilians are currently held in Russian captivity.
Recounting the story of a former captive, Lubinets revealed that Ukrainians in captivity are fed "something akin to coloured water".
He noted that it is not possible for Ukraine to establish the exact whereabouts or the number of its citizens who are being held captive by Russia.
Lubinets added that the Russians even forbid people to write letters.
Background: Earlier we reported on 17-year-old Mia Leimeberg and her two-month-old Shih Tzu puppy, who were held captive by Hamas for two months.