The Ombudsman’s call center received information about approximately 7,200 people.
7,200 Ukrainian servicemen are considered missing. This figure includes representatives of various structures, including the National Guard, border guards, and special services.
This was stated by Oleg Kotenko, Commissioner for Missing Persons under Special Circumstances, in a commentary to Suspіlny.
“If we are talking about the military, we understand who the military is. There is the Armed Forces of Ukraine, there is the National Guard, there are border guards, there is the Security Service of Ukraine, and these are different institutions. They are not included in the figure given by the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the Ombudsman noted.
According to him, the Armed Forces of Ukraine call the number of two thousand missing soldiers. At the same time, the Ombudsman’s call center received information about approximately 7,200 people.
“For example, the Azov regiment is the National Guard, and there are also missing people there. They did not get in touch with their relatives when they left Azovstal,” Kotenko explained.
According to him, most of the missing soldiers are in captivity. As an example, he cites the military of the 1st battalion of the 36th brigade.
“We know that they were taken to Russia. First, we need to understand how many people there are. If there are more than a hundred of them, then we understand that almost the entire battalion is in captivity,” the ombudsman says.
Kotenko added that no contact has been established with some of the fighters who are in captivity. They are considered missing. However, the Ombudsman believes that sooner or later our soldiers will be exchanged.