How the detained Ukrainian colonel, suspected in treason, was freed from captivity

Author : Oleh Kotenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Oleh Kotenko, the coordinator of the hostage exchange and release center, commented on releasing Bezyazykov
18:19, 13 December 2016

112 Agency

As soon as Bezyazykov was taken prisoner, our organization started to search and release him. It took us many efforts to find his initial location.

We knew his location for the first six months, we even kept in touch with him, more exactly his wife did. Then he disappeared. After we released him he told us that he was handed over many field commanders and it was hard to track his location. I think that’s how it was.

When we managed to find him for the nth time, it was six month before his release, we managed to find his field commander and started negotiation process with him. Of course we involved the SBU, because we do not solve these problems independently. After we developed a plan of release, we implemented it in four months.

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It often happens that field commanders detain prisoners of war to perform some works, to exchange or sell them. They do have such thoughts in their heads… I think he was held as a work force at some point. So it goes without saying that they didn’t want to pass him to “DNR” or us.

He was a browbeaten man indeed. It was clear, that he was in captivity not in spa. He didn’t realize what was happening.

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