144 Ukrainian defenders were released from captivity, 95 of them - defenders of "Azovstal"

Azovstal, April 2022 PHOTO: Mariupol Bridge Council
Azovstal, April 2022 PHOTO: Mariupol Bridge Council
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: June 29 2022 at 06:26 pm
Source: Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

144 Ukrainian servicemen were released from captivity.

A large-scale exchange was reported at the POW Coordination Headquarters.

" This is the largest exchange since the beginning of a full-scale Russian invasion. Of the 144 fired, 95 are Azovstal defenders. Among them are 43 servicemen of the Azov Regiment , the headquarters said.

It was noted that among the released servicemen 59 are soldiers of the National Guard, 30 - of the Navy, 28 - of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, 17 - of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, 9 - Territorial Defense, 1 - the National Police of Ukraine.

Among the discharged servicemen are 23 officers and 69 are sergeants and non-commissioned officers.

" Most of the released Ukrainians have serious injuries: gunshot and shrapnel wounds, explosive injuries, burns, fractures, limb amputations, " the statement added.

Now they all receive proper medical and psychological care.

The Central Intelligence Agency said it was continuing to work on the release of all captured defenders.

We will remind, the day before there was an exchange of prisoners according to the formula 17 on 15 . Among the released Ukrainians was one civilian. This was the second prisoner exchange by the Coordinating Staff.

The first took place on June 10, when Oleg Pylypenko, the head of the Shevchenkivska OTG of the Mykolaiv district, and 4 other civilians were returned from captivity.

Prior to that, the exchange was handled by Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Iryna Vereshchuk. She delegated these powers to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense and the SBU.

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