News Interview

Ukraine: prisons in the war

What is the fate of ordinary prisoners during the conflict?

Bombs, occupation, shortages, besieged cities. The Russian army is advancing into Ukrainian territory, from which over two million people have fled. Incarcerated people are also experiencing the consequences of the war. Are they being fed? Are they protected? Are they subjected to Russian rules? All this information remains unclear and not easily accessible. Prison Insider is seeking to find out about the current situation in Ukrainian prisons.

Dmytro Yagunov is a lawyer and the Ukrainian member of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT). He has been advising, evaluating and monitoring the organisation of the Ukrainian prison system for almost 20 years. He has mobilised his contacts and sources to help make visible the situation in the prisons . Prison Insider gives him the floor. Three questions to understand the current situation.

- The photographs below were taken at the Dnipro Remand Prison, Ukraine, in 2016. They are from the catalog made available by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Formally,our prison service confirmed that it lost control over 33 prison facilities.

The situation of food and health services, and human rights protections is absolutely unknown in Ukraine.