The Russian Defense Ministry announced the prisoners who refused to return to Ukraine

The Russian Ministry of Defense claims that several Ukrainian prisoners, including marines and soldiers of the National Guard, refused to return to their homeland “so as not to become cannon fodder”

A Ukrainian prisoner of war in the kitchen of a correctional institution

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the captured Ukrainian military from the units of the Marine Corps, National Guard, Airborne Assault and Ground Forces “decided to remain in the territory controlled by the Russian Federation because of their unwillingness to fight and the fear of being on the front line again.” The Ukrainians, according to the department, voluntarily laid down their arms and surrendered.

“The prisoners of war refused to be exchanged and do not want to return to Ukraine so as not to become“ cannon fodder ” and perish»,— claim in Moscow.

The Russian Ministry of Defense does not give the number of those who surrendered. On the Telegram channel, the ministry posted a video with a sailor of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Bohdan Malysh, an officer of the military service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Vitaly Derevyankin, a soldier Dmitry Laminoga, senior sergeants Nikita Tsarevich and Vladimir Yuvanko, senior sailor Alexander Zhizhin.

The ministry's message also says that the prisoners are satisfied with the conditions of detention, they are provided with three hot meals a day and the necessary medical care, as well as the opportunity to attend church.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

Since the beginning of the conflict, the Russian authorities have reported on Ukrainian prisoners several times. In particular, on June 7, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that their total number had reached 6.5 thousand people. On May 19, the representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Konashenkov reported on the largest number of surrendered per day: it was about 771 Azov fighters; (The Supreme Court of Russia recognized the battalion as a terrorist organization and banned its activities in the country).

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The authorities do not disclose the number of Russians who were taken prisoner. Since the beginning of hostilities, Moscow and Kyiv, according to the Russian side, have exchanged prisoners 27 times. The last exchange reported by the Ministry of Defense took place on June 29, it took place in the 144 by 144 format.

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