LIberated Ukrainian prisoners stayed under observation, their test results for Covid-19 proved negative

Source : 112 Ukraine

Each of the ex-captives underwent rapid tests and two PCR studies
19:37, 1 May 2020

Official website of the President of Ukraine

Ukrainians who were released as part of an exchange with Donbas "republics" underwent an observation that lasted for 14 days. All tests for coronavirus infection are negative. This was announced by the head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration Pavlo Kyrylenko.

According to Kyrylenko, during the observation, each of these people were tested with the use of rapid tests and two PCR studies.

“Thanks to the medical staff who stayed with them for two weeks, took care and provided the necessary assistance,” he wrote.

Kirilenko also noted that the majority of those released from captivity need psychological and medical rehabilitation.

"They will receive it in specialized medical institutions. The state will pay the expenses associated with the stay and meals of people in the observation," head of the Donetsk Regional State Administration added.

Related: Prisoner swap: who returned to Ukraine from captivity in occupied Donbas, list

As is known, on April 16, 20 citizens of Ukraine who were illegally detained in the temporarily occupied territories of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions were returned to the territory controlled by Ukrainian government.

Earlier, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba called on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to work more actively on the release of Ukrainian prisoners in the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea. Kuleba said this during an online briefing, the press service of the MFA reports.

“Of course, we paid attention to the issue of exchanging held individuals and welcomed exchanges that have taken place. But, of course, we are still far from implementing the “all for all” formula for exchanging so we need to move forward. Here, Russia and Ukraine should continue to interact. I emphasized the need to release the Ukrainians held in the territory of the Russian Federation and in the occupied Crimea, and called on my Russian counterpart to carry out active work on them," Kuleba said.

He added that for his part he confirmed his readiness for cooperation so that Ukrainians would return home not only from the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but also from the Russian Federation and occupied Crimea.

Related: Russia's Permanent Representative in OSCE claims Ukraine uses anti-personnel mines in Donbas

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