The oldest of those released is 65 years old, the youngest is 19. Most of them are seriously injured.
The coordinating headquarters for the treatment of prisoners of war in the course of a large-scale exchange from the captivity of the invaders managed to release 144 defenders of Ukraine.
This is stated in the message of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense.
“Another exchange of prisoners was carried out, thanks to which 144 Ukrainian defenders returned home. This is the largest exchange since the beginning of a full-scale Russian invasion. Of the 144 released, 95 defenders of Azovstal. Among them are 43 servicemen of the Azov regiment,” the GUR said.
- 59 National Guard soldiers;
- 30 – Naval Forces;
- 28 – Armed Forces of Ukraine;
- 17 – State Border Service of Ukraine;
- 9 – Territorial defense;
- 1 – National Police of Ukraine.
The Main Intelligence Directorate noted that of the released 23 officers and 69 servicemen of non-commissioned officers and foremen. The oldest of those released was 65 years old, the youngest – 19.
“Most of the liberated Ukrainians have severe injuries: gunshot and shrapnel wounds, explosive injuries, burns, fractures, limb amputations. All of them receive proper emergency medical and psychological care,” the intelligence agency said.
The GUR stressed that the coordination headquarters continues its work on the return of all captured defenders.