Russia refused to take its prisoners: new names of "unnecessary" occupiers published
A new list of Russian occupants who were captured and whom Russia does not agree to take back as part of the prisoner of war exchange with Ukraine has been published online. If it were not for Russia's blocking of the exchange, these Russians could already be home.
Ukraine constantly proposes to conduct exchanges in different formats and proportions, and insists on conducting an all-for-all exchange, but Russia refuses all proposals. Another "portion" of the names of the occupiers who were captured and are not needed by their own state was published in the state project "I Want to Live" by the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War.
"I Want to Live" emphasized that they continue to fulfill their earlier promise and publish another list of Russian prisoners of war whom Russia refuses to take back in exchange.
"As in the first part, this "list" includes 200 prisoners of war who are united by the wrong decision to go to seize the lands of neighbors and the persistent unwillingness of the "homeland" to return them from captivity. We will continue to report on Russian servicemen whom Russia persistently excludes from the exchange lists and refuses to take back," the statement said.
The list of names of the occupiers was called the "List of 200" because it contains the names of exactly 200 Russian prisoners of war.
In addition to the full names of the captured Russians, the lists also contain their dates of birth, which will help the relatives of the occupiers in captivity to make sure that it is their loved ones and not their namesakes.
"I Want to Live" emphasized that the publication of the lists is intended to remind us of Ukraine's openness to exchanges in various formats and proportions. After all, it is very important for our country to return everyone who is in captivity with the occupiers.
And the exchange fund for such exchanges is regularly replenished by Ukrainian soldiers: a significant number of Russian servicemen are held captive in Ukraine.
"Ukraine has repeatedly declared its readiness to conduct an exchange in the "all for all" format, as well as to transfer seriously wounded prisoners of war and parents with many children, but each time it has received ignorance or manipulation in the media," the "I Want to Live" group reminded.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA reported that on December 26, Ukraine for the first time published the names of the occupiers' prisoners of war whom Russia refused to take back. The list includes the names of 200 Russian soldiers whom their country excluded from the exchange lists and refused to return home.
The last exchange took place in August 2023, as a result of which our country managed to return only 22 soldiers. The reasons why the occupiers stopped this process are unknown to the Ukrainian side, but it is working to resume it.
Now the aggressor state is preparing information campaign against Ukraine to justify the disruption of the prisoner exchange, the Coordination Center warned.