Conflicts & War

Kyiv says they have 600 captured Russian soldiers

Kyiv, Apr 5 (EFE).- Ukraine is holding 600 Russian prisoners captured since the Russian invasion that began on Feb.24, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced Tuesday.

“When we talk about the total number, there are about 600 of them now. You know, we should build a special camp (for them) following international law,” Vereshchuk said during the broadcast of telethon, a program aired jointly by local broadcasters.

The deputy prime minister said senior Ukrainian government officials held a meeting to address the issue of Russian prisoners of war.

They also discussed how to force Russia to allow the Red Cross to reach their prisoners and also how to force Russia to release Ukrainian prisoners, added Vereshchuk.

She underlined that some of them, including women, have been held in the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions – self proclaimed independent republic recognized only by Russia – since 2014.

She recalled that the first complete prisoner exchange took place on Mar.24, when 10 Ukrainian servicemen were exchanged for an equal number of Russian soldiers. EFE


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