Today, another prisoner exchange took place. Also freed from enemy captivity were 43 defenders and 2 civilians. They also managed to return two illegally taken children to Ukraine.
In particular, 28 soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (including 10 territorial defenders), as well as 4 border guards, 10 national guardsmen, and 1 sailor were released from captivity.
They defended Ukraine in Mariupol, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, and Kherson.
Among the released defenders, two had the status of missing persons.
In addition, 2 civilians returned home: an employee of the “Azovstal” factory and an activist from Kherson.
Two illegally exported children were returned to Ukraine in cooperation with the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets. Their mother, a combat medic, was released from captivity by the aggressor country in October 2022.
The prisoner exchange was carried out through the joint efforts of the Office of the President, the Defense Intelligence Service of Ukraine, the Security Service of Ukraine, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Reintegration, and other agencies.
The National Information Bureau of the Ministry of Reintegration has traditionally provided those released from captivity with backpacks containing clothes, shoes, personal hygiene items, and a smartphone.
The National Information Bureau also assists those released from captivity in restoring documents, bank accounts, and SIM cards. It also helps to quickly collect documents to receive one-time financial assistance from the state in the amount of UAH 100 thousand.