Interdepartmental commission News

The disappearance of citizens has become one of the most tragic consequences of hostilities in Donbass. Unfortunately, since the escalation of Ukraine’s armed aggression, the number of people whose whereabouts are unknown has increased significantly. The scorched earth policy used by Ukrainian militants has led to the emergence of a large number of spontaneous and mass graves in the liberated territories. And to establish the fate of everyone who is buried as unknown or missing is our duty and a point of honour.

Search works in the DPR are being carried out by a special Interdepartmental Commission. Its task is to ensure the possibility of identifying the dead even years later. For this purpose, biomaterial for DNA typing is selected from all discovered remains before burial. In parallel, the formation of the DNA database of relatives of missing persons continues.

It should be reminded you that work on the creation of a lifetime DNA archive is being carried out on the basis of the Republican Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination of the DPR Ministry of Health. Based on the practice of previous years, we understand how important it is. Time passes, relatives may move, and without material for comparison, the identity of the deceased is much more difficult to establish.

In this regard, I appeal to all residents of the Republic who are looking for their loved ones, with a call to go through this procedure. Blood sampling for subsequent molecular genetic testing is free of charge. It is desirable to appeal to citizens belonging to the first generation of family ties with a person that went missing, e.g. father, mother, children. We are talking about relatives of both civilians and military personnel.

Samples can be submitted at the Republican Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination at:

Donetsk, Ilyicha Ave., 14 “D” (second floor).

Also, blood sampling is organized in Mariupol at the address: Bakhmutskaya Street, 20.

Reception is available from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 15:00.

You can ask questions of interest by calling the hotline of the Interdepartmental Commission: +7 (949) 404-69-29.