Donetsk, Sep 14 - DAN. The International Committee of the Red Cross has a positive opinion regarding the establishment by the Donetsk People’s Republic of the commission on the search for missing persons, the ICRC’s Donetsk Office told the Donetsk News Agency.

“We view the establishment of the commission in Donetsk as a positive step in the search for the missing,” the ICRC said. “We hope that this will help to step up the process of the search for the missing and provide support to their families.”

The ICRC said that it has cooperated with the DPR Forensic Bureau and its 13 branches since 2014 providing it with equipment and chemicals.

“The Red Cross also supports the efforts of the team on the search and exhumation of  bodies supplying  materials and equipment which it needs in its work,” the ICRC said.

It said that the search for missing persons in Donbass was a complex process “requiring “close coordination and cooperation between all the parties involved.”

Donetsk welcomed the ICRC approach. We’ve received a positive response from the ICRC on the establishment of inter-departmental bodies of the DPR and the LPR on the search for persons who went missing in Donbass conflict zones,” DPR ombudswoman Darya Morozova told the Donetsk News Agency.

The search for missing persons and burial sites of conflict victims was stepped up after Donetsk and Lugansk established dedicated commissions in late July and early August. They have already begun to work in Snezhnoye and Debaltsevo and two LPR districts.*jk