Missing persons

ICRC’s Central Tracing Agency Bureau for the International Armed Conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine: Providing answers to families

Article 02 June 2022 Ukraine Switzerland

Have you lost contact with members of your family? Are you looking for information about your loved ones? Since the escalation of the armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine in February 2022, thousands of families have been torn apart and are anxiously awaiting news of relatives they have lost touch with.



The Central Tracing Agency (CTA) Bureau for the international armed conflict between the Russian Federation and Ukraine aims at preventing disappearances and alleviating the suffering of families who remain without news of their loved ones, either because they have been captured or arrested, they have gone missing or because they fled their homes and have lost contact.

Searching for missing and separated family members is an obligation for all parties to an armed conflict. The CTA Bureau supports families wherever they are to get answers about the fate and whereabout of their loved ones. It also works with the states concerned toward these goals: in particular, acting as a neutral intermediary, the bureau collects, centralizes and transmits information, from one side to the other, on military personnel and civilians who have fallen in the hands of the enemy. It strives to ensure they are accounted for and retain family links.

Based in Geneva, the CTA Bureau works closely with Red Cross and Red Crescent partners around the world to ensure proximity with families and enhance efficiency. It will remain active for as long as needed to provide them with information about their loved ones.




If you are looking for a family member, you can:

Contact the nearest National Red Cross Red Crescent society

Ukrainian Red Cross Society:Russian Red Cross:
0 800 332 656+7 800 234 07 07


CountryPhone numberEmail address
French Red Cross+33 1 44 43 12 60recherches@croix-rouge.fr
German Red Cross+ 49 (0) 89 680 773 111tracing@drk-suchdienst.de
Italian Red Cross+39 06 55100561tracing@cri.it
Polish Red Cross+48 22 326-12-61tracing.service@pck.pl
Romanian Red Cross+ 40 748 185 711tracing@crucearosie.ro
Slovak Red Cross+421 911 745 956tracing@redcross.sk
Swiss Red Cross+41 58 400 43 80tracing@redcross.ch


 For any other country, you will find Red Cross Red Crescent national societies' contact details in our family links directory.

Call the ICRC

In Ukraine: 0 800 300 155 (toll-free number)
In Russia: 8 800-600 92 69 (toll-free number) or +7 495 626 54 26
In Geneva: +41 22 730 3600 (charges apply depending on operator)

Fill this online form in English, Ukrainian or Russian.

You can also come to our offices in Ukraine, the Russian Federation or Geneva (Switzerland):

Central Tracing Agency Bureau
15bis, chemin des Mines
1202 Geneva

Or contact us by email: ctabureau@icrc.org

Please, note that all our services are free.

Central Tracing Agency Bureau

15bis, Chemin des Mines 1202 Geneva Switzerland