Many women and civilians: how many Ukrainians remain in Russian captivity | News of Kharkiv and Ukraine

2.5 thousand Ukrainians are in Russian captivity. Among them are civilians and many women. The Russian Federation does not release civilians, although several exchanges of prisoners have already taken place.

This information was shared by Deputy Prime Minister – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk in an interview with the BBC portal. UNIAN writes.

“Several thousand. We are talking about 2.5 thousand prisoners. People remain in captivity, and the worst thing is that civilians remain there. Civilians have not been released for several exchanges in a row. It is necessary to ask the question of the cut and demand the release of civilians. Civilians should be returned, not exchanged. And there are a lot of women among them,” said Vereshchuk.

The vice-prime minister noted that only on the territory of “Azovstal” were 131 women. It was possible to return only a few of them. These data show how many women are still being held in Russia.

Vereshchuk noted that women prisoners are treated very badly – they are beaten and tortured. According to the vice-prime minister, the world should not just watch this.

Exchange of prisoners of war – basic details

On September 21, Ukraine returned 215 soldiers from Russian captivity. Among them were five commanders: commander of “Azov” Denys “Redys” Prokopenko, deputy commander of “Azov” Svyatoslav “Kalyna” Palamar, senior officer of “Azov” Oleg Khomenko, commander of the 36th separate marine brigade Serhii “Volyn” Volynskyi and the commander of the 12th brigade of the National Guard, Denys Shlega.

The leaders are now in Turkey under the protectorate of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They will remain there until the end of hostilities, according to agreements with Russia.

Kateryna Polishchuk “Ptashka” and pregnant servicemen – Maryana Mamonova, Yana Shumovetska and Chornenka Anastasia – also returned home. The Ministry of Internal Affairs reported that 118 National Guard soldiers, 9 policemen and 9 border guards were rescued from Russian captivity. Together with them, 10 foreign soldiers who helped defend the state against Russian aggression were released.

The Ukrainian defenders were exchanged for Viktor Medvedchuk, but all the necessary testimonies were taken from him first. Now our state is discussing the possibility of an exchange in the “all for all” format, as reported by Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin.

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