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Russia claims that Ukraine refused to release 70 of its soldiers from captivity, Ukrainian side denies

9 March, 2023 Thursday
16:01

Russian ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova said that the Ukrainian side did not want to take 70 of its prisoners of war during the last exchange, allegedly there is a list. 

This was reported by the Coordination Center for the Treatment of Prisoners of War.

"The Russian Ombudswoman is not a subject of negotiations during exchanges. Tetyana Moskalkova is once again voicing the theses that Russians need to undermine Ukrainian society. She did not say a word about the high-profile extrajudicial execution of an unarmed Ukrainian soldier, while looking for excuses to explain to Russian society the lack of progress in returning its own prisoners of war," the press service explains.

Ukrainian Ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said that in general, Russia's statements have little to do with the implementation of the agreements of the Commissioners in Ankara, in particular, the return of civilian hostages, repatriation of seriously wounded and seriously ill prisoners of war.

"The publication of the names of our defenders has one positive aspect: we know that the listed soldiers are being held captive by the enemy. After all, Russia is doing everything possible to hide from Ukraine the fact that our defenders are in captivity. The list published by Moskalkova also includes soldiers who have actually been released from captivity. This is not the first time that such provocations by the Russian side have occurred," the headquarters writes and adds that this indicates the incompetence of the Russian ombudsman.

The press service emphasizes that Ukraine is ready to take all our defenders from captivity and is taking all our defenders offered by the other side in the exchanges.

On Tuesday, March 7, Ukraine returned 130 soldiers from Russian captivity, including defenders of Mariupol and soldiers from the areas of Bakhmut and Soledar.

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