Russian prisoners in Ukraine are held in special camps visited by representatives of international organizations.
The central camp for Russian prisoners of war is located in western Ukraine. After being captured on the front line, they are first held for a short time somewhere nearby, then transported to detention centers in the nearest regional centers, and then in stages to the central camp. Ordinary Ukrainian prisoners were resettled from the colony itself, where Russian prisoners are kept, as stipulated by the Geneva Convention. Representatives of international human rights organizations regularly gain access to the camp — in contrast to the situation with Ukrainian prisoners, to whom neither representatives of the Red Cross nor other organizations are allowed.
Russian prisoners work in the colony. With the money they earn, they buy cigarettes and pay for extra calls home. In addition, they receive parcels from relatives in Russia - mostly warm things, cigarettes and sweets. They can write letters home through the Red Cross. The prisoners cook for themselves. Three meals are provided for them.
Every day the prisoners have time to rest, and on Sunday some go to church. There is a small Greek Catholic church on the territory of the camp. There they celebrate religious holidays: Christmas, Easter. They also have time to watch TV. The game room has chess and checkers. There is also a library in the camp: most of the books are in Ukrainian, but there are also Soviet editions in Russian. When it is warm, it is allowed to play football on the sports ground.
There are no cells in the camp , it is warm there and quite good repairs have been made. When a new group arrives, it is quarantined in a separate room for two weeks. The camp has a well-equipped medical department: there is a modern dental office, an ultrasound machine. A new x-ray machine was recently brought in, as there are prisoners with fractures and amputations. A surgeon, a psychiatrist, therapists, and a dentist work in the medical department, and specialists from regional hospitals are called in if necessary. Prisoners with amputations lie in separate wards.
The conditions in which the captured occupiers are found may seem "heavenly" - especially when we remember how thin and wasted our boys and girls return from Russian captivity. Ukraine's compliance with international rules is another sign that separates us from the barbaric "Russian world".