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Russia has more POWs because about 40% of them are civilians

Feb 28, 2023

The head of Ukrainian intelligence Kirill Budanov said that about 40% of Ukrainian citizens in Russian captivity are civilians.

"Unfortunately, they have more prisoners of war than we do," Budanov said in an interview with the Voice of America.

He added that 90% of all prisoners of war were captured by the Russians in the first month and during the Mariupol tragedy, when Azovstralea defenders were ordered to save the lives of their personnel and were forced to surrender.

"About 40% of those held hostage are civilians. Just civilians. So, in principle, it's clear that our number is smaller. We don't take civilians as prisoners. There's a bunch of women, unfortunately, children, all kinds of old people, letter carriers, railroad workers, mayors, janitors there. Everyone is there," he said.

Budanov specified that Ukraine has already returned about 2,000 people from Russian captivity.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 28/02/2023

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