The leadership and well-known fighters of the Azov regiment were kept in solitary confinement.
The leadership and famous fighters of the Azov regiment were kept in solitary confinement / photo: Ministry of Internal Affairs
Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine for Human Rights Dmitry Lubinets spoke about the condition of the Ukrainian defenders released from captivity and the conditions of their captivity.
He said this on the air of the telethon, answering a question regarding the physical and moral-psychological state of the released Ukrainian defenders.
According to Lubinets, many of those fired have health problems.
“The guys said that they were kept in terrible conditions. They were provided with very little food. They never saw representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross. There was a limited amount of water. And they were not given personal hygiene products,” Lubinets said.
He added that the leadership and well-known fighters of the Azov regiment were kept in solitary confinement.
“Yesterday I talked with the guys who said that they were in solitary confinement for more than 120 days. One of them couldn’t even communicate. He said that” I need some time – to remember what it’s like to communicate with people because I was on my own,” the Ombudsman said.
He summed up, the fighters need medical attention.
“As for the psychological state, I can say here: the Russian Federation did not succeed – to break, to break … I did not see a single of our servicemen who would be broken. Everyone saw that they were already at home, everyone smiled, everyone thanked,” Lubinets said.
He stressed that torture was used against the fighters in captivity.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 21, 215 defenders of Ukraine were returned from Russian captivity.
The Office of the President of Ukraine reported that 200 defenders were exchanged for Viktor Medvedchuk, one of the leaders of the Opposition Platform – For Life, and the godfather of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is accused of treason. He has already given the investigation all possible evidence. Ukraine also exchanged another 55 Russian prisoners.
The exchange of prisoners took place in four countries.
Also, 10 foreign soldiers were released from Russian captivity, who defended the territorial integrity of Ukraine. It is noted that it was possible to return those who were “sentenced” to death in the so-called “DNR”.
In addition, five commanders were released: Azov commander Denis “Redis” Prokopenko, Azov deputy commander Svyatoslav “Kalina” Ponomar, Azov senior officer Oleg Khomenko; Commander of the 36th Separate Marine Brigade Sergei “Volina” Volynsky and Commander of the 12th National Guard Brigade Denis Shlega. They will be in Turkey under the personal protection of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan until the end of the war.
As President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky noted, among those exchanged there are those who survived the terrorist attack staged by the Russians in the colony in the occupied Olenevka in Donbass.
According to Prosecutor General Andrei Kostin, Ukraine is working on an “all for all” exchange. Ukraine is dealing with this issue together with the UN and Erdogan.