A large number of unidentified bodies are now in the morgues of Dnipro and occupied Donetsk. There may be people who are believed to have gone missing during the conflict in the Donbass. Coordinator of media affairs of the International Committee of the Red Cross Oleksandr Vlasenko said this on the air of Hromadske Radio.
He noted that it is now difficult to say exactly how many people have gone missing in the Donbass, as there is still no unified register.
"As of today, we have opened 695 cases of missing persons – these are people whom we continue to look for", - Vlasenko told. He explained that the relatives of these people had come to the ICRC offices (no matter on which side of the line of demarcation) and asked to open the case. The ICRC has offices in Sievierodonetsk, Sloviansk, Mariupol, Luhansk, Donetsk, Kyiv and Odessa — you can open a case on missing persons in any of them.
"We know that there are a large number of unidentified bodies in the morgues of Donetsk and Dnipro. It is possible that these bodies belong to people we are looking for too, - for the nearly 700 cases that we still have open. It is impossible to say this with certainty, this is an assumption. And in order to move forward, we need a common mechanism – the creation of a unified register", – the coordinator of media affairs of the International Committee of the Red Cross noted.
According to Vlasenko, creating such a unified register requires a political solution that both sides must accept, and they "are not always ready to contact regarding any issues, including humanitarian issues, because this is a purely humanitarian problem".
The Ukrainian party is trying to create a register of persons, sought by various bodies in Ukraine. "I think that this process will be completed in the near future", - Vlasenko said.