On January 31, Ukraine returned 207 defenders from Russian captivity – defenders of Mariupol and Kherson, fighters from Zmiiny Island, marines and combat medics.
Junior sergeant Zakhar, whose family was killed during a rocket attack on a high-rise building in Dnipro, was among those freed, the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War said.
Zakhar and his wife Tetiana were defenders of Mariupol. In May 2022, after the evacuation from Azovstal, they were captured by the Russians together.
In less than half a year, Tetyana managed to exchange and returned to Ukraine. The defender settled in Dnipro together with her two daughters.
|On January 31, Ukraine returned 207 defenders from Russian captivity, including a defender of “Azovstal”, whose family died as a result of an attack on the Dnipro. Photo: Coordinating Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War/Telegram
On January 14, 2023, a Russian missile hit a high-rise building on Naberezhna Peremoh Street. At that time, 46 people died, including Tatyana, her younger daughter and her husband’s mother.
Ruslana’s eldest daughter, who is now 19 years old, is waiting for her father to return home.
The medics who saved fellow citizens and civilians at the Mariupol Metallurgical Plant and Azovstal were also returned to Ukraine.
It was also possible to exchange the senior lieutenant, who has been defending Ukraine since 2014, passed Debaltseve and was twice awarded the Order of Courage.
In addition, they also freed two brothers, soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Anatoliy and Pavel, as well as another defender of Zmiiny Island.
Previously, we told the story of a couple of border guards who survived capture and 2 years of separation.
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