"The heads of healthcare facilities told me that 24 former POWs undergo examination and treatment in the military hospital. 41 released hostages (both civilians and military) are treated in the hospital run by the State Management of Affairs. Many of them suffer from chronic head injuries, many have their teeth broken which proves that they were tortured (many were severely beaten in the first few days)... All of them shall be provided with medical assistance and dental services.
“Moreover, the Social Policy Ministry is settling technical details so that the former captives receive one-time allowances in cash soon. The team of psychologists led by Vadym Svirydenko is also actively assisting the liberated Ukrainians and their families.
“Many friends and acquaintances of mine call and ask if there is anything they can help the guys with. This is a good initiative and it seems to me that most of all they dream about having some rest and making a little trip with their families. Therefore, one can help make such a dream come true.
“It is critical now not to forget about the families of those who are still held captive. They now require additional psychological support and attention. Meanwhile, we are making efforts to carry out the next swap as soon as possible," the lawmaker said.