Like a lot of the different prisoners, she stated, her husband is being held in a pretrial detention heart in Olenivka, within the Russian-occupied a part of the Donetsk area. She spoke to him 10 days in the past.
The 2 had labored out a secret code he might flash within the occasion he was captured and one thing was incorrect. “He didn’t make the sign,” she stated.
“He stated that the whole lot was effective,” she stated, however she knew that was not the case. “I noticed that the whole lot was not effective,” she stated. “A lot of his associates died. His commander was killed.”
Included within the trade are a husband and spouse, each troopers with the Azov regiment, in keeping with Kyrylo Budanov, chief of the protection intelligence of Ukraine. The husband was captured at Azovstal. His spouse was captured earlier in a unique location. They’ve two youngsters.
“The youngsters have been dwelling with out their dad and mom,” Mr. Budanov stated. “We insisted that the Russians give them over.”
The commanders of the Azov regiment and a marine infantry unit who fought at Azovstal have been moved to Moscow, the place they’re being held on the infamous Lefortovo Jail, in keeping with Mr. Budanov. He stated that amongst these being detained are Lt. Col. Denys Prokopenko, the pinnacle of the Azov regiment at Azovstal, and Capt. Svyatoslav Palamar, his deputy, together with Maj. Serhiy Volyna, commander of the thirty sixth Separate Marine Brigade.
Mr. Pushilin, the pinnacle of Russian proxy forces within the Donetsk area, stated that a few of the troopers handed over to Kyiv have been members of “nationalist battalions” and that they have been in very dangerous situation. “They’ve extreme accidents, some have amputated limbs and different issues,” he stated.
Oleksandr Chubko contributed reporting from Kyiv, Ukraine.