The released journalist informed that he had found out about the exchange in 1.5 weeks before it took place.
"... there were 35 people, and then they said to gather slowly. Before that, they said in a whisper - wait for another 1.5 weeks, something like that. Therefore, it was unexpected. But when they said it already, and everything was clear. Well, they prepared us for a long time to leave Lefortovo. At 4 a.m. we got up and we left only at 10. That is, there was a big column, everything was thought out, I mean that the entire route from the detention center to Vnukovo airport. We were taken through Moscow, past the Kremlin, and so on," said Suschenko.
Also, according to the journalist, when liberated Ukrainians were transported through Moscow, the road movement was blocked.
"All car traffic was stopped. There were emergency lights, police with whistles, that is, well, everything was more or less organized. We were checked several times, here. Well, and then they waited for our plane. Because we saw that the plane of Russia took off, and we were already waiting for ours, our plane was somewhere on the sidelines, not everything was visible, "said Roman Suschenko.
On September 7, at around 13:40, a plane with Ukrainians landed in Boryspil.
35 people returned to Ukraine, the full list was published by the presidential press service.
As we reported earlier, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on exchange "33 on 33". President Zelensky said he hoped for "first results" in the exchange of detainees between Ukraine and Russia soon.
Later, a press secretary of the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Larysa Sargan reported about the exchange "35 on 35".
Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated he liked the idea to exchange all the prisoners in Russia and in the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea.