Yermak held a meeting to prepare a plan for rehabilitation and assistance to those released from captivity

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Peter Kavinsky

The head of the cabinet of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, held a working meeting on the preparation of an action plan for the rehabilitation and assistance of Ukrainian defenders who returned from Russian captivity on September 21 as a result of a successful exchange.

This is reported by the press service of the head of state, according to Ukrinform.

The meeting was also attended by deputy heads of the Cabinet of the Head of State, heads of law enforcement agencies, government representatives, the Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights.

Yermak recalled that 200 of the released defenders are on the territory of Ukraine, five of the released defenders will be temporarily stationed on the territory of Turkey.

“Our people who have returned home must constantly feel the tutelage of the state. This is the position of the chairman. And all the problems that arise must be solved. It is also important to build an individual approach to each person so that they all feel our concern to protect us,” Yermak emphasized.

The head of the Office of the Head of State noted that international partners with relevant experience and programs are ready to help Ukraine in the field of rehabilitation.

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The Commissioner of the Verkhovna Rada for Human Rights Dmitry Lubinets noted that any further actions regarding those released from captivity must necessarily take place in accordance with the necessary legal procedures. He also drew attention to the difficult physical and psychological condition of some former prisoners.

Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky stressed that those released must undergo a medical examination in state institutions and testify to representatives of law enforcement agencies.

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Commander of the National Guard of Ukraine, Yuriy Lebed, reported that the released soldiers of the Azov regiment and other National Guardsmen are already receiving the necessary assistance.

After the meeting, Yermak suggested that concrete proposals and an action plan be drawn up and presented to the chairman in the near future.

As Ukrinform reported, on September 21, as a result of the exchange, more than 200 Ukrainian defenders, as well as 10 foreigners, were returned from Russian captivity. At the same time, the released five Azov commanders will be under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s personal security guarantees until the end of the war in Turkey.

People’s deputy Viktor Medvedchuk, suspected of high treason, and another 55 Russian soldiers were returned to the Russian side.

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