Prisoners' swap: 73 people return to Ukraine, receive medical aid 17:15, 28 December

Ukrainians who were previously held by pro-Kremlin militants in the occupied Donbas returned home. 73 people, both civilians and the military arrived in Kharkiv. President Poroshenko and Ukrainian officials involved in the negotiation process emotionally greeted them.

The former captives underwent medical examination; most of them are fine, but some need psychological rehabilitation. A hospital in Dnipro, southeastern Ukraine, is now ready to take care of these patients. Some people might need weeks or even months to recover from psychological traumas they suffered in captivity.

Due to the exchange, Russian militants passed 73 Ukrainian citizens, instead of receiving 233 individuals. According to Ukraine’s state security service, there are now 103 people remaining in the captivity of pro-Kremlin mercenaries in Donbas.

Over 400 Ukrainians are considered missing.