More than 1,300 prisoners of war have been returned since the invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine’s president says he won’t stop until everyone is back home.
More than 1,300 POWs have been returned to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said.
Zelenskyy made the revelation after a prisoner swap with Russian and pro-Russian forces on Thursday.
– After today’s exchange, 1,319 heroes have already gone home, he says on Instagram. There is also a photo of a few dozen men holding Ukrainian flags.
“We won’t stop until we get all of our people back,” he said.
According to Zelenskyi’s chief of staff, Andrij Jermak, 50 Ukrainians have returned home.
– We are bringing home the defenders of Mariupol and Azovstal, we are bringing home the prisoners who were in Olenivka and who were injured, especially in the battles in the counties of Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhya, writes Jermak on Telegram.
In July, dozens of Ukrainian soldiers were killed in an attack on Olenivka prison in Donetsk. Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for the attack.
In a meeting with the Red Cross in October, Russia said it had captured around 6,000 Ukrainians.
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