Ukraine adopted a law on the release of convicted prisoners during the exchange

A new concept will appear in the legislation of Ukraine, which will become the basis for the termination of criminal proceedings in Ukraine in case of an exchange. The relevant law was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, deputy of the Rada Oleksiy Goncharenko announced on his Telegram channel.

A new concept will be introduced in the law of Ukraine— “a person in respect of whom a decision has been made to exchange as a prisoner of war,” — that is, any person included in the list by the appropriate authorized body for exchange as a prisoner of war.

“The decision to exchange such a person is the basis for the termination of criminal proceedings, as well as release from serving a sentence”,— the deputy pointed out.

On May 23, in Kyiv, a trial took place over the Russian military Vadim Shishimarin, who were taken prisoner at the end of February. He was accused of violating the laws and customs of war and sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of murdering a peaceful resident of the Sumy region.

A few days later, a hearing was held in the Poltava region in the case of captured Russians Alexander Bobykin and Alexander Ivanov, whom the court also accused in violation of the laws and customs of war. Officially, the Ukrainian authorities did not disclose the number of captured Russians.

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At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry has counted Ukrainian prisoners several times since the beginning of the conflict. So, in early June, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that 6.5 thousand Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered to Russian captivity. On May 19, the official representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Igor Konashenkov, announced the largest number of Ukrainian soldiers who surrendered in a day. According to him, 771 fighters of the Ukrainian battalion “Azov” surrendered to the Russians then. (symbols are recognized as extremist in Russia and banned, and the battalion itself is going to be declared a terrorist organization).

Earlier, the Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia, Tatiana Moskalkova, said that the mothers of Ukrainian prisoners of war held in Russia began to ask not to to return their sons to Ukraine because of fears that young people will either be sent back to the front or subjected to repression.

In addition, according to her, similar appeals were received from two Ukrainian prisoners of war. “A new category of appeals appears that were previously not inherent to us, related to the military theme,” — the Ombudsman pointed out.

The Ministry of Defense disclosed the losses of the Russian army during the special operation in Ukraine twice: at the beginning and at the end of March. As of March 25, 1,351 Russian servicemen were killed and 3,825 wounded in Ukraine.

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