Up to a quarter of the more than 7,000 Ukrainian soldiers who have been
reported missing are being held captive by invading Russian forces, the
Commissioner for Missing Persons under Special Circumstances, Oleh Kotenko,
said on national TV on August 5.
According to Kotenko, the number of missing persons varies constantly.
“It happens that in a day we receive about 1,000 requests to search for a missing person, and after a day or three … 10-15 percent of those people remain (on the list),” he said.
The commissioner also listed the first steps for people who feel that a relative may be missing in action. First of all, a concerned relative would need to apply to the National Police with a statement about the soldier’s disappearance and hand over a DNA sample, then contact the National Information Bureau, and after that, contact the Office of the Commissioner.
On July 11, Kotenko reported that approximately 7,200 Ukrainian service members are considered to be missing.