“Ukraine returned 215 heroes from Russian captivity. We greatly appreciate the contribution of everyone who joined the rescue of the defenders, and we will never forget about it. I sincerely thank Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his leading role in this process. We agreed that the five released Azov commanders would be in comfortable conditions in Turkey until the end of the war and would be able to see their families. Ukraine, as a token of gratitude for helping our state, released five British citizens, two US citizens, citizens of Morocco, Sweden, and Croatia from Russian captivity. Thank you for helping Saudi Arabia,” Zelensky said.
Zelensky stressed that Ukraine remembers everyone who is in Russian captivity and will do everything to save them.
published full list Ukrainian defenders and foreigners who were exchanged with the Russian Federation. 215 Ukrainian defenders, including 10 foreigners, were exchanged for Putin’s godfather Viktor Medvedchuk and 55 Russian soldiers.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that among those released were border guards, policemen, sailors, National Guardsmen, Troopers, customs officers, civilians and fighters of the Azov regiment.
According to the GUR, more than 700 Azov residents still remain in the hands of the enemy.
At 4 am on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct full-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine are rebuffing the enemy, the blitzkrieg plan – to capture Kyiv in two or three days – failed, the Russian army retreated from the capital. The Russian military commits thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity throughout Ukraine.