Zelenskyy announces return of 75 Ukrainians from Russian detention

Ukraine returned POWs from Russia
Ukraine returned POWs from Russia

Ukraine repatriated 75 Ukrainians from Russian captivity, including four civilians, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy reported on X on May 31.

The group freed includes members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, National Guard, and border guards. "We have not stopped working for a single day to bring everyone home from Russian captivity," Zelenskyy stated.

Andriy Yermak, head of the Presidential Office, noted that the returnees range from privates to officers. Nineteen were captured on Snake Island, while ten were defenders of Mariupol and the Azovstal steel plant.

<span class="copyright">Volodymyr Zelenskyy/Telegram</span>
Volodymyr Zelenskyy/Telegram
<span class="copyright">Volodymyr Zelenskyy/Telegram</span>
Volodymyr Zelenskyy/Telegram

According to the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War, at least one-third of those returned are suffering from injuries, serious illnesses, or disabilities. Ukrainians from Kharkiv, Kyiv, Kherson, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya, and Sumy oblasts have been safely brought home.

<span class="copyright">Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War</span>
Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War

Today's prisoner exchange, the 52nd since the onset of Russia's full-scale invasion, was facilitated with support from the United Arab Emirates.

<span class="copyright">Ihor Klymenko</span>
Ihor Klymenko
<span class="copyright">Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War</span>
Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War

Dmytro Lubinets, the Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights, confirmed that officials from the ombudsman's office were present at the exchange site to ensure all procedures complied with international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions.

To date, 3,210 Ukrainians have been freed from Russian captivity.

Russia-Ukraine prisoner exchange

The last prisoner exchange took place on Feb. 8, when Ukraine returned 49 National Guard soldiers, 25 border guards, 26 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and 11 terrorists.

Prior to that, on Jan. 3, the largest exchange since the beginning of the Russian invasion occurred. Ukraine brought home 230 citizens, including 213 soldiers and sergeants, 11 officers, and six civilians. Among them were the defenders of Azovstal.

May 20 marked the two-year anniversary of 1,900 Azovstal defenders being held in Russian captivity.

Read also: Ukraine returns 10 Mariupol and Azovstal defenders in latest prisoner exchange

On May 25, the Olenivka Community called on the President, the head of the HUR, the Presidential Office, and other government agencies to exchange traitors and collaborators Vyacheslav Boguslaev, Nestor Shufrich, and Metropolitan Pavlo for Ukrainian prisoners of war wounded in the July 29, 2022, terrorist attack in Olenivka.

Read also: Contrary to Russian claims, Ukraine did not halt POW swaps

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