“We need people to see the emotions of each person. I, as the common citizen, have only positive emotions. They are divided, of course. Positive, first of all, because today we return our people, the citizens of Ukraine. I am happy every time when we return, to be honest, our military, and heroes, and political prisoners and common citizens. Because for us, the common citizens are also the heroes because they were behind the bars, because they defended our country – Ukraine, our sovereignty, our territorial integrity,” the president said.
Zelensky also stated that he is happy that the first part of the exchange took place and some of the Ukrainians are released.
“It is the part, which stayed in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk region. The actions take place to release people from occupied Luhansk region. But the time comes and we will return all of them”, the president said.
Zelensky noted that the authority of the country returns everyone and within Minsk agreements and within agreements of the Normandy Four.
“We release everyone. And we will fight until every Ukrainian returns home,” Zelensky concluded.
Today, Ukraine and militants of occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions hold the prisoner swap. 19 people had to be returned to Ukraine.
As we reported, militants of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic have handed over nine people to Ukraine as part of today's exchange near Horlivka and Mayorsk checkpoint.
Later, the Ukrainian side and the militants of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic held the prisoner swap at ‘eleven for four’ formula.