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Zelensky meets released Ukrainian sailors

Ukraine’s President congratulates sailors on their return home at a meeting held at the park yard of Mariyinsky Palace in Kyiv
18:10, 12 September 2019

Zelensky meets released Ukrainian sailors
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky met with freed Ukrainian sailors at the park yard of Mariyinsky Palace in Kyiv. President's press service reported this.

As it was reported, Zelensky congratulates sailors on their return to Ukraine and thanked the relatives of the sailors for support.

“They are also heroes, just like you. They did everything to return you and we helped them,” the president told sailors.

Zelensky noted that campaign on returning Ukrainian prisoners was very difficult. According to him, many government authorities were involved in the process and they worked together as a team.  

The president added that the issue of provision of housing for freed sailors has already been solved in Odesa.

Related: Ukraine's released sailors, political prisoners to receive ID cards, - Ombudsman

As it was reported earlier, on September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

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 sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

Related: Liberated Ukrainian sailors to continue to work in the Navy

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