24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian seamen, film maker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives are seen in the crowd of reporters who approached them to get the first comments. Their families are there; they embraced their loved ones and spoke to the press as well.
The aircraft from Vnukovo airport landed at Boryspil airport at about 13.45.
WELCOME BACK HOME!— Julian Röpcke (@JulianRoepcke) September 7, 2019
Putin’s hostage just landed in Ukraine.
I am glad for them and their families to be reunited - Despite the heavy price, the world paid to the aggressor for this to happen.
Another proof that diplomacy with Putin’s Russia is useless.#PutinAtWar pic.twitter.com/tLrnLYuxSW
As we reported earlier, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on exchange "33 on 33". President of Ukraine Volodymyr 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".