Over 7,000 Ukrainian soldiers are MIA, two-thirds believed in captivity
Statistically, around 60-65% of persons gone missing are in fact taken captive (Photo:Andriy Yermak/Telegram)
More than 7,000 Ukrainian soldiers have gone missing under special circumstances, Ukraine's Commissioner for Missing Persons, Oleh Kotenko, said on national television on April 18.
"There is really such a figure and it is more than 7,000,” he said.
“We're expecting to find in captivity the people we're looking for as missing," he said.
Statistically, around 60-65% of persons gone missing are in fact taken captive, while others could have died, he added.
Prisoner of war swaps between Russia and Ukraine cover both those whose captivity is confirmed and those who are missing, the coordination headquarters said.
Ukrainian war losses, however, remain far lower than Russian casualties, Ukraine's Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov said in an interview with Spanish outlet La Razon.
He added that Ukrainian losses are below the death toll from an earthquake in Turkey and Syria this year that killed over 50,000 people – a comment that he was forced to apologize for.
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