19:07 Jul. 28, 2016
The applications were filed by the relatives of prisoners
The European Court of Human Rights have decided to stop any further proceedings on the cases of Ukrainian citizens, captured by the Russian-backed militants in eastern Ukraine. The corresponding decision was made public on July 28.
The case concerns four Ukrainian citizens, some of them lived in the Donetsk region, others – served in Ukraine's Armed Forces.
They went missing in 2014, and only later on their relatives found out that they had been captured by the Russian-backed separatists.
While in detention the captives were ill-treated and compelled to forced labour.
The relatives have simultaneously filed complaints to the ECHR against both Ukraine and Russia.
But in November 2015 their lawyer informed the Court that the applicants did not intend to pursue their applications, as all the persons in question were released.
As earlier reported, on July 28 the ECHR has also rejected the complaint of Donbas residents to compensate for the houses ruined by fighting