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Ombudsman says 150 Ukrainians held in notorious Olenivka prison

They may be subjected to pressure to decline return.

Ombudsman says 150 Ukrainians held in notorious Olenivka prison
Dmytro Lubinets
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Currently, 150 Ukrainian citizens, including both civilians and military, are being held in the colony in occupied Olenivka, Donetsk Region, the Ukrainian parliament's commissioner for human rights, Dmytro Lubinets, has said in an interview with Radio Liberty.

"We are once again not allowed there. Apparently, we will get access to Olenivka only after our Armed Forces liberate it. According to our information, there are currently 150 Ukrainian citizens left there. These are not only the military," Lubinets said.

He suggested that Ukrainian prisoners may be pressured to refuse to return to Ukraine.

"We often receive information that this or that citizen of Ukraine does not want to return. We are now working out how I can personally check this. One of the options is when I am personally present and citizens of Ukraine inform me that they refuse to be exchanged. Everything else I consider as possible pressure on our citizens not to return," he added.

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