On Wednesday, March 20, Ukraine took 60 prisoners who were serving sentences in correctional facilities in the districts of the Luhansk region under the control of pro-Russian militants, wrote on her Facebook the Ombudsman for Human Rights, Lyudmila Denisova.
"Today, in the town of Schastia, we took custody of 60 people, who were held in penitentiary institutions in certain areas of the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk region. They will continue serving their sentences in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government," she wrote.
Denisova reminded that 33 convicts were transferred to Ukraine in February and 42 in December last year.
“Over the past three months, we were able to transfer 135 prisoners from the uncontrolled territory of the Luhansk region, 22 of whom have already been released due to the end of their sentence term.
Four of the 60 prisoners, including one woman, were held in prisons without a court order for more than nine years in the temporarily occupied territory of the Luhansk region. Their guilt was not proven according to the legislature. This is a gross violation of their rights to a fair trial,” wrote Denisova.
Denisova promised that she would continue to work on the transfer of Ukraine citizens, who expressed a desire to serve their sentences in a free territory and those whose terms of imprisonment have already expired.
“Our next visit to the Luhansk region is planned for the end of April. We will again take 60 prisoners,” added the Commissioner for Human Rights in Ukraine.
In December 2018, Ukraine took another 42 prisoners from the uncontrolled areas of Luhansk regions, 12 of whom were released in February.
In September 2018, it was reported that at least 184 persons convicted for crimes before 2014, and serving sentences in the territory of the occupied parts of Donetsk Oblast (ORDO) and ORLO, were asked to be transferred to the territory controlled by Ukraine.