Medvedchuk went through all the investigative actions that are provided for by law.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the exchange of MP and one of the leaders of the Opposition Platform for Life Viktor Medvedchuk for Ukrainian defenders.
He spoke about this in his evening address.
“This operation was being prepared for quite a long time. And there are several components in the exchange. The first component: we exchanged one fan of Russia for 200 soldiers. First, we were offered to return 50 of our people in exchange for one of those who were in the SBU pre-trial detention center. We talked. They insisted. The number of 50 has increased to 200. They are already in Ukraine. I think this is a good result. Although even more than 200… Because among the liberated Ukrainian women there are those who are preparing to become a mother. And I am especially happy that they have succeeded now return them to Ukraine,” the statement said.
Zelensky stressed that it is not a pity to give Medvedchuk for real warriors.
“He went through all the investigative actions that are provided for by law. Ukraine received from him everything that is necessary to establish the truth in criminal proceedings. The second component – in addition to 200 soldiers, we returned five more combat commanders, for whom we had to fight the most, the longest , the most difficult. They were threatened with cruelty. Five superheroes. In exchange for them, we gave away 55 of those who deserve neither pity, nor sympathy, nor any words at all. Those who fought against Ukraine. And those who betrayed Ukraine. Those who we definitely do not need,” the President stressed.
As UNIAN wrote, on Wednesday, September 21, 215 people were returned from Russian captivity. The president’s office reported that 200 defenders of Ukraine were exchanged for a people’s deputy, one of the leaders of the Opposition Platform for Life and the godfather of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Viktor Medvedchuk.
Also, 10 foreign soldiers who served in the Armed Forces of Ukraine were released from Russian captivity . It is noted that it was possible to return those who were “sentenced” to death in the so-called “DNR”.
In addition, five commanders of “Azov” Denis “Redis” Prokopenko, Svyatoslav “Kalina” Ponomar, Oleg Khomenko, the 36th brigade – Sergei “Volyn” Volynsky, and the 12th brigade of the NGU Denis Shlega were released. They will be under the personal protection of the President of Turkey until the end of the war.