The Cabinet of Ministers has transferred to the Ministry of Internal Affairs the authority to search for people who have gone missing under special circumstances. Previously, this was done by the Ministry of Reintegration.
This was reported by the governmentʼs representative in the Verkhovna Rada, Taras Melnychuk.
Also, from now on, the General Staff, in agreement with the Coordinating Staff for the Treatment of Prisoners of War, must form search groups for missing persons.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs will ensure the activities of the Secretariat of the Commissioner for Persons Disappeared Under Special Circumstances.
- Persons who disappeared in connection with an armed conflict, military operations, temporary occupation of a part of the territory of Ukraine, natural or man-made emergencies are considered missing under special circumstances.
- In May 2023, the Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that about 24,000 Ukrainians were considered missing under special circumstances.