The Russian media reported that Azov Regiment Commander Denys Prokopenko had been taken to Russia, but neither Ukrainian government agencies nor the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have yet confirmed this.
The relevant statement was made by Denys Prokopenko’s wife, Kateryna Prokopenko, in an interview with Suspilne, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“I only know he was taken to Russia, and this has not yet been confirmed at all. I learned about his location from the Russian media. Government agencies have not confirmed this finally, as it is difficult to confirm anything in this regard. I understand Russia has put away the command staff now, is hiding other soldiers and officers, and does not disclose their location,” Kateryna Prokopenko told.
In her words, she has not received any information regarding her husband from the ICRC.
“It is basically the ICRC’s job to respond to me, but I still do not know, where my husband is. Even if he is in Russia, communication with the ICRC’s Moscow branch generally exists. But, there isn’t any. This means that there is, perhaps, a certain agreement with Russian authorities not to disclose information about location, etc.,” the Azov Regiment commander’s wife noted.
According to Kateryna, there were few cases, when the ICRC informed the families of the Ukrainian prisoners of war about their location. But, they have no answers regarding their health, food, medical aid, living conditions and tortures used against them.
“As we have already seen from the case of Olenivka tragedy, the ICRC is not involved at all. […] I would be glad if international organizations were reformed. They are supposed to ensure security, human rights, human lives, but, generally, in the war in Ukraine, these international organizations are of no worth,” Kateryna stressed.
A reminder that Russia fails to achieve any victories on the battlefield and, thus, wants to show its ‘victory’ over Ukrainian POWs through a sham ‘trial’ in the temporarily occupied city of Mariupol.