20:30 06 Jun 2023

Ukraine has returned 2,500 people forcibly taken to Russia, 400 of them children

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Ukraine returned 2,500 people from Russia, including about 400 children.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said this at a press conference in Kyiv, Ukrinform reports.

"We returned 2,500 people. And of them, about 400 are children, and about 150 are civilians. It is difficult to return civilians because you exchange military personnel for military personnel in the exchange. We do not have many civilians we can exchange for civilians," the president said.

He noted that Türkiye and Saudi Arabia helped Ukraine exchange military personnel. In addition, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has a list of captured residents of Crimea and promised to help with this.

"If we take the United Nations, on the one hand, they helped with the grain corridor, and on the other hand, our station was blown up today, and the UN General Assembly congratulates us on the "Day of the Russian Language." I can't say anything after this to the UN; what should I talk to them about today," Zelensky said.

The President also noted that today during the meeting with the representative of the Vatican, he called for help in the return of Ukrainian children. In particular, this topic was also discussed with China.

"If they have some powerful economic, religious, or political relations with the Russian Federation, then such people can influence the return of children and civilians," the head of state added.

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President Volodymyr Zelensky said this at a press conference in Kyiv.

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