Ukraine gets 215 POWs back. Gives Medvedchuk to Russia
On September 21, Ukraine returned 215 Ukrainian defenders from Russian captivity. 108 of them are soldiers of the Azov Regiment.
This was announced on the website of the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War.
Among the released prisoners are servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine, the navy, the UAF, the State Border Guard Service, the Territorial Defence Forces, the National Police, the SBU, the State Customs Service, and the State Special Transport Service, as well as two civilians.
124 defenders belong to the officer ranks, 89 are privates and sergeants.
In particular, Heroes of Ukraine Denys Prokopenko (Redys) – commander of Azov's Special Task Detachment, Yevhen Bova – commander of the First Separate Marine Infantry Battalion, Lev Pashko – commander of an Azov company have been released from captivity.
Serhiy Volynsky (Volyn), acting commander of the 36th separate brigade of marines; Svyatoslav Palamar, deputy commander of the Azov Regiment for work with personnel; Denys Shlega, commander of the 12th operational brigade named after Dmytro Vyshnevetsky; Oleh Khomenko, company commander and the leader of the defense of Azovstal; Dmytro Kozatsky, a senior soldier whose photos and videos from Azovstal went viral all over the world, have also been released.
In addition, Kateryna Polishchuk (Ptashka), a volunteer paramedic of the National Guard of Ukraine, and Maryana Mamonova, a military doctor and captain of the medical service, have also come back home.
The process of rehabilitation, adaptation, recovery, and treatment awaits the released defenders.
According to the head of the Ukrainian President's Office Andriy Yermak, in exchange, Kyiv handed over the godfather of Vladimir Putin's daughter Viktor Medvedchuk and a total of 55 Russian prisoners to Moscow.
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