Ukraine’s negotiator in charge of humanitarian issues in Minsk talks designed to settle the conflict in the Donbas, First Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Iryna Herashchenko said in an interview with Censor.NET.
She said that the work of the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group could yield no results for months. However, more than a hundred people were released from the militants’ captivity, where they were held in terrible conditions, due to this subgroup’s efforts made over the last 2.5 years.
"You know, I obtained a statement on the results of medical and psychological examination of those liberated in December 2017 - January 2018. This document contains a lot of sensitive information, but in our conversation I can voice some common figures without disclosing any names. So, there are five persons among those released who have hepatitis; more than 50 have missing teeth; four people were maimed in captivity; another four have tumors; seven - closed craniocerebral injuries; 69 - acute reaction to stress; six made suicidal attempts.
"More than 40 people require psychological follow-up. All of them were victims to violence, were exerted pressure against, were blackmailed, and were under a great deal of stress. I cannot elaborate on many things, but they are really horrible ... When I read it and realized what they had been through, I became immune to all those hostile outbursts in Minsk because I understand that the release of hostages is the only thing that matters. The rest is my problems, and they are secondary," Herashchenko said.