“We took the first step, and it was very difficult. We know what to do next. Next, we will strive to return all our prisoners and continue to separate the troops in two stages in the framework of the Minsk process. First, near Zolote and Petrovske settlements, and then - separation on the entire territory, a ceasefire and the end to war," Zelensky said.
The final stage, according to the president, is to return the occupied territories to Ukraine’s control.
As we reported earlier, 24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners captured by Russia over the past five years, had returned to Ukraine.
The plane with the released Ukrainians from the Russian Federation landed in Boryspil international airport and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky personally greeted the ex-captives.
Minister of the Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, Head of the State Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Serhiy Yarovyi, Minister of Defense Andriy Zahorodniuk and Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka also arrived at the airport.