Valeria Lutkovska, the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights spoke of the woman released from the militants’ captivity during the recent POW exchange between Ukraine and self-proclaimed republics back in December. The woman is a citizen of Ukraine and decided to stay in the occupied Donetsk. Valeriya Lutkovska said that on Air of the 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“The 74th POW, a Ukrainian woman, was released as the rest 73 prisoners of war. As she was discharged from detention facilities and has no ties on unoccupied territories (of Ukraine, - ed.), who can support her and whom she’d like to hug after her long illegal detention, she said next: “We are thankful to Ukraine, but I want to hug my family”. Her relatives reside on the territory of Donetsk. I see no reason to speak about treason in this case,” Lukovska said.
“This woman is free, she remains a Ukrainian citizen, there are no claims against her, any moment she can come and get her compensations that Reva (Ukraine’s Minister of Social Policy) and others spoke about and get psychological assistance,” the ombudswoman added.
As we reported earlier, the exchange of prisoners took place in Donbas on Dec. 27th. 73 Ukrainians were released in exchange for 233 militants. 24 Ukrainian servicemen were brought to the main military hospital, as they wanted to go through medical examination and treatment. The 74th released woman decided to stay in the occupied Donetsk.