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War in Ukraine: mobilization for the return of prisoners

In this handout photo taken from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, a group of Russian war prisoners leave a Russian military plane after they were released, at an unspecified location in Russia. Russia said that 55 of its troops were released in a prisoner exchange with Ukraine, and Ukrainian officials said 215 of its soldiers and foreign citizens were freed from captivity in Russia. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP)

Several people mobilized in Ukraine to demand the release of prisoners of war in Russia. Some relatives have not heard from them for two years.

In Dnipro (Ukraine), the cold and snow have not discouraged the women, but also some men, who are fighting for their loved ones imprisoned in Russia to be released. To be noticed, around 150 of them lined up silently along the road. The objective is not to forget the approximately 3,500 Ukrainians taken prisoner in Russia, according to kyiv. “I don’t know where he is being held, I don’t know the state of health of my child, I don’t know anything. Almost two years of uncertainty, silence and pain,” explains Alina Kucher, mother of a war prisoner.

“We have very little information”

Most of the prisoners were captured early in the war. Since then, their loved ones have had little or no news. “We have very little information. What we do know is that he doesn’t have enough to eat and that he is being tortured,” says Daria Voina, sister of a prisoner of war. Ukraine also holds Russian prisoners and exchanges sometimes take place between the two countries. The last one dates back to January 3: 230 Ukrainians were repatriated against 248 Russians.

This article is originally published on .francetvinfo.fr

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