Freed from Russian captivity, Ukrainian military personnel are giving evidence to investigators and representatives of international organisations, but the details are currently not disclosed, so the fighters still held captive are not harmed.

“Now, the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine, representatives of the UN mission, representatives of the Security Service of Ukraine, representatives of the Chief Directorate of Intelligence are working with all of us who are released from captivity – they are all collecting testimonies. We give evidence, they write them down and submit to all leading government agencies, various states, the UN, the European Parliament, the USA, etc.,” Bohdan Krotevych, chief of staff of the Azov Regiment, said at a press conference.

According to him, it is believed that making public and highlighting the facts of torture that take place in captivity will put pressure on Russia, and it will change its attitude towards Ukrainian prisoners.

“As a person from captivity, I will say that Russia is not guided by the opinion of the world and by logical opinion sometimes,” Krotevych noted.

He added that this is why the details of the testimony were not made public so as not to endanger the fighters who remained in captivity.

Krotevych also emphasised that all the officers released from captivity were already actively cooperating with the Coordination Headquarters regarding the release of the remaining prisoners.

Currently, about 2,500 Mariupol defenders remain in Russian captivity, including 700 Azov Regiment members.

Bohdan Marusyak

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