Russia is forcibly holding more than 500 Ukrainian doctors. There are both civilians and military medics among them.
The occupiers are committing war crimes against medical personnel. Doctors are intended to save lives and relieve suffering but they are punished for performing their professional duty till the end.
According to International Humanitarian Law, degrading their dignity, torture and ill-treatment are prohibited! Also, doctors must not be held captive if there is no direct necessity.
We kindly request the international medical institutions and organizations to increase pressure on Russia to save lives and release from captivity those who devotedly fulfilled the Hippocratic oath and saved life, even if it was dangerous for their own health and freedom.