The Unified Register of Missing Persons has been developed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, together with the Commissioner for Missing Persons and other agencies. The Ministry of Reintegration of Ukraine announced this on Tuesday, May 2.
Since the beginning of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, tens of thousands of people have been reported missing. The vast majority of them were found, but it has been officially confirmed, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, that approximately 23,000 people, including more than 7,000 servicemen, are still considered missing.
The register will collect and centralize data on missing persons, including surname, first name and patronymic, place and date of birth, marital status, place of residence, territory where the disappearance occurred, circumstances and time of disappearance.
It will also include data on the presence or absence of a formal court decision to declare persons missing or dead, as well as other information that will facilitate the search for an indiviual.
Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Leonid Tymchenko, said that the register is a protected database. Only certain officials will have access to it: representatives of the Office of the Commissioner for Missing Persons, employees of the National Police and the Digitization Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“Applications [should be] submitted by the relatives of missing persons through the National Police. The verification of each person will be carried out directly by the Office of the Commissioner for Missing Persons,” he explained.
One month after entering the relevant data into the register, relatives will receive a relevant extract confirming the status of the missing person. Based on the extract, people will be able to apply to the Pension Fund to receive a survivor's pension for disabled family members.
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