Bohdan Yermokhin, abducted by Russia, returned to Ukraine: his first photo in his homeland
As part of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's Bring Kids Back UA program, we managed to return Bohdan Yermokhin, a resident of Mariupol who was forcibly taken to Moscow Oblast by Russian troops, to Ukraine. The young Ukrainian celebrated his 18th birthday on his native land, which is perhaps the best gift for all those who have been held hostage by Russia.
The good news was announced by the head of the Presidential Office, Andriy Yermak. According to him, Bohdan had repeatedly asked the Ukrainian guarantor for help in returning to Ukraine, and finally it became possible.
"We have been in constant communication with Bohdan and he is already in Ukraine with his sister. The work of the Office's team and the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets has been coordinated," the statement said.
Yermak emphasized that the return operation was made possible with the participation of third parties. He thanked the government of Qatar for Bohdan's return, which participated in negotiations with Moscow and the international organization UNICEF.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, more than 2,300 Ukrainians, most of whom are military personnel, are still in Russian captivity. In total, 4337 Ukrainian citizens have been deprived of their liberty.
And through the national project "I Want to Live," more than 250 Russian occupants have already surrendered to Ukrainian captivity voluntarily. Thus, they were able to save their lives.