Ukraine has established the whereabouts of 11 Ukrainian prisoners of war who are being kept in Hungary after being transferred from Russia, Oleh Kotenko, Ukraine’s Commissioner for Persons Gone Missing under Special Circumstances, said on Telegram on June 15.
“Thanks to the coordinated work of the commissioner’s team, it was established that 11 Ukrainian defenders who were held by the aggressor country as POWs are currently on the territory of Hungary,” Kotenko said.
Ukraine has established the names of the Ukrainian defenders and the route of their movement from Russia to Hungary, and has informed their relatives and relevant law enforcement agencies, Kotenko said.
At the same time, until now, there was no information at all about seven out of 11 Ukrainian citizens, whose place of detention was established, the commissioner added.
“Until the return of our defenders to the territory of Ukraine, they will continue to be registered as missing under special circumstances in the Unified Register of Persons Gone Missing under Special Circumstances,” reads the report.
Transfer of Ukrainian POWs from Russia to Hungary: what is known
The Russian Orthodox Church announced on June 8 that it had handed over a group of Ukrainian POWs to Hungary, without specifying their exact number.
Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén confirmed the information on June 9. However, he did not disclose other details, referring to the “interests of the case and people.”
At the same time, he claimed the transfer was “a gesture of the Russian Orthodox Church towards Hungary, to which these people owe their freedom.”
The Hungarian mass media reported that the prisoners of war were Hungarians from Ukraine’s Zakarpattia Oblast.
The relevant decision has not been agreed with Ukraine, the RBC-Ukraine news agency reported.
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