"Head of Security Service of Ukraine has just reported to me on the release of our "cyborg" Taras Kolodiy. After nearly two years of captivity, he is free already. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this," he said.
It is noteworthy that Taras Kolodiy was mobilized in August 2014. At first, paratrooper of the 80th airmobile brigade served in Kostiantynivka, then defended the Donetsk airport. Year ago he fell into the hands of militants of the so-called "DPR" there. Kolodiy is the last of the "cyborgs" who were held captive by the militants.
Release of the defender of Donetsk airport Taras Kolodiy from militants’ captivity occurred through negotiations with the support of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. This was reported on air of "112 Ukraine" TV channel by the Irpen Bishop Clement (Vecheria) from the UOC, who participated in the liberation of the soldier.
"We were addressed by wives and mothers of Ukrainian prisoners, in particular, there was a whole delegation that visited Metropolitan Onufriy. Hearing their request, he did everything possible to begin the process of liberation of prisoners through negotiations and contacts through the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Our priests are throughout the Donetsk region, therefore we were able to agree on release of at least one Ukrainian military by the St. Nicholas holiday. We did not exchange anybody. We just agreed to let him go," he said.
According to the bishop, Kolodiy is now in a state of shock. "He's been in captivity since 2014, so, of course, he is now in a state of shock, and he still needs to get away from everything that happened to him," bishop said.
At the same time, Bishop added that Kolodiy will soon arrive in Kyiv, which he will undergo the rehabilitation after the captivity.