"They were kept blindfolded for six hours": the ombudsman announced new details of the exchange of prisoners

“They were kept blindfolded for six hours”: the ombudsman announced new details of the exchange of prisoners

The exchange of prisoners of war between Ukraine and the Russian Federation was carried out simultaneously in three locations. At the same time, before the exchange itself, the Russians kept Ukrainian soldiers blindfolded for two days.

This was announced by the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets, on the air of a single telethon on Thursday, September 22.

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“The exchange was carried out simultaneously at three locations. One plane is ten citizens of foreign countries who took off from the Russian Federation and flew to the United Arab Emirates. Another plane – five of our commanders from “Azovstal” – flew to Turkey. And the location where I directly participated is the Chernihiv region on the border with Belarus. We simultaneously received 200 of our heroes and heroines and gave 55 prisoners of war to Russia”– said Lubinets.

According to him, Ukrainian heroes were met by 30 ambulances with doctors and paramedics in Chernihiv Oblast.

“Everything was prepared. We understood that we needed water, medicine, comfortable conditions, food, blankets to ensure everything was received as soon as possible and to provide medical assistance from the first minutes”– noted the ombudsman.

Lubinets emphasized that the conditions of detention of Ukrainian citizens in Russian captivity were terrible and did not meet international standards.

“Many of our boys and girls were kept in solitary cells, given very little food, practically no means of personal hygiene. According to our information, yesterday our heroes were kept blindfolded for six hours. Knowing that they were being given away, they were still kept blindfolded in the buses and only after the process had already begun were they finally allowed to remove the blindfolds late at night.”– said Lubinets.

He noted that Ukraine, unlike Russia, strictly adheres to the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War.

“Even during the exchange, when the Russians came, they were sitting on the bus, in the photos their faces are open, they understand that they are being returned, they are relaxed”– Lubinets added.

We will remind, on September 21, Ukraine returned 215 people (108 Azov fighters) from Russian captivity. At the same time, 200 defenders were directly exchanged for People’s Deputy Viktor Medvedchuk.

In total, according to the SBU, since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation, 20 such releases were carried out, as a result of which it was possible to return 802 Ukrainian prisoners from captivity.

The SBU said what will happen to Medvedchuk’s court cases after his exchange.

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