Kyiv (The Times Groupe)- The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) said Thursday that 324 Ukrainians have been freed in nine prisoner exchanges since the war began in February.
“This was accomplished by the Joint Center for Search and Release of Prisoners, which is under the patronage of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi,” the center said in a statement.
A dedicated hotline is available for reporting illegal imprisonment or captivity of its citizens, according to the SBU. “Let’s bring Ukrainians back home!” it said.
Russia describes its actions as a “special military operation” aimed at “demilitarizing” and “denazifying” Ukraine. However, Western countries regard it as an aggression, and have retaliated with severe sanctions.