What happened? About 2,500 military and civilian Ukrainians are held captive by the russian occupiers.
Source. Iryna Vereshchuk, Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, in an interview for BBC Ukraine.
Details. The minister notes that the russians have not released civilians from captivity for several exchanges in a row. She also emphasises that civilians should be returned home, but not exchanged.
“If you consider that 131 women left Azovstal, then imagine how many women are in captivity. Only a few have been returned. Women must be freed, they are treated terribly. russians mock them, beat and torture our women. The world should not silently observe how our women are being killed in prison,” the minister explained.
Previously. Mind reported that the condition of Ukrainian soldiers released from russian captivity was highly serious, some of them would be sent for treatment abroad.