: OSCE to visit captive teenagers accused of subversive activity in occupied Donbas - Kyiv Post

10:35 Oct. 6, 2016

OSCE to visit captive teenagers accused of subversive activity in occupied Donbas - Kyiv Post

An armed pro-Russian separatist walks on a street in the Zaytseve village of Donetsk area, Ukraine, on March 14, 2016 (Getty Images photo)

Russian media reported on September 12, 2016 that seven teenagers had been detained in Donetsk region on suspicion of cooperating with Ukrainian special services and carrying out subversive activity

OSCE Coordinator of the Working Group on Humanitarian Issues at the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Toni Frisch will soon visit the teenagers accused of subversive activity in occupied Donbas and attend Ukrainian hostages kept in separate districts in the self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine.

"Ukrainians held hostage in the separate districts will be soon visited by the OSCE coordinator from the humanitarian group Mr. Frisch. He will bring them letters and parcels from the relatives – we've agreed on this," Ukrainian parliament's first deputy speaker Iryna Gerashchenko, who represents Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup, wrote on her Facebook page after a group meeting in Minsk on Wednesday.

Further, she said the agreement had been reached that Frisch would also visit the boys held in a pre-trial detention center in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic ("DPR").

"The second key subject of the meeting was inadmissibility to involve children in the conflict. The Ukrainian side has sharply raised the question about the future of the minors against whom the self-proclaimed republic has brought a criminal case, accusing of sabotage. We regard this as an act of provocation against minors, the violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the principle of non-involvement of children in conflicts," she wrote.

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