20:42 25.06.2015

More than 1,300 persons reported missing in Ukraine's east – PACE

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More than 1,300 persons reported missing in Ukraine's east – PACE

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has said that more than 1,300 persons have been reported missing in east of Ukraine.

"Today PACE discussed a report on a very sensitive issue 'Persons Missing for the Period of Conflict in Ukraine'. This list totals 1,200 people (according to Ukrainian Security Service), Red Cross gives a huge figure – 1,300 [people missing], taking into account losses of other [conflicting] side," MP from Bloc of Petro Poroshenko faction Iryna Heraschenko wrote on her Facebook account on the results of the PACE sitting in Strasbourg.

She stressed that Ukraine "doing its best to find missing people, to identify persons killed."

"We insisted on involving International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to the work [to find people missing]. And now the ICRC ready to join this work," the parliamentarian said.

Moreover, she underlined the importance of that the PACE resolution "for the first time in the documents of the international organizations registered a term 'Russian aggression in Ukraine."

According to the west media, UK PACE delegate Jim Sheridan said that under an official data, more than 1,300 persons have been reported missing, including soldiers, civilians and volunteers since the beginning of the conflict in Donbass in early 2014.

He also said there is no official number of killed Russian soldiers in the east of Ukraine.

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