Today another stage of the exchange of prisoners took place. 20 illegally detained Ukrainians have returned home. This is certainly good news, because life, health, freedom of our citizens should be a priority.
I am very glad that Serhiy Rusinov is finally released, a guy from Lugansk, who was not afraid to show his patriotic position and expressed a desire to serve in the Azov Regiment. Among the liberated the are also two soldiers Viktor Shaidov and Mykola Hrinenko. We will be watching Volodymyr Karas, who fought on the side of Russia, and then was returned to Ukraine.
There are still more than 200 people on the occupied territory. The negotiations on the release of Ukrainians take a lot of time. We must return ALL of our citizens, and first of all, the military, who risked their lives on the front lines. Unfortunately, only two Ukrainian soldiers were included in this list.
We need to understand that the prisoners is not the issue, but the fact that we have a war with Russia. A terrorist state will always use such methods. Absolutely everyone who is on the occupied territory can be detained. This process is endless, because the invaders use hostages to blackmail Ukraine.
The President’s Office commented on today’s exchange as a demonstration of “the effectiveness of the President’s strategy and compliance with the agreements reached during the summit in the Norman format.” In fact, not a single serious agreement between Putin and Zelensky has been implemented. Including the release of hostages.
Indeed, in addition to the ORDLO there is still Crimea and Russia. Despite the president’s promises, these illegally detained Ukrainians are still not included to the exchange lists. We don’t know anything about them. Especially now, during the epidemic of coronavirus.