Minister Iryna Vereshchuk: Russia holds more than 1,500 civilian Ukrainians captive

Kostia Andreikovets

Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk said that Russia was holding more that 1,500 Ukrainian civilians captive.

She spoke about this at a briefing.

According to her, these Ukrainians (volunteers, activists, journalists, priests, deputies) are being held in Russian prisons in Rostov and Kursk. The difficulty is that civilians do not have a status under international law that can be exchanged. At the same time in Russia they sit as prisoners of war.

According to intelligence, the occupiers deported 1.2 million people from Ukraine to Russia, 240,000 of whom were children.