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Seven Sri Lankans freed in Ukraine – President Zelenskyy

18 September, 2022

Seven Sri Lankan citizens who had been held by Russian forces since March were rescued in the liberated territories of the Kharkiv region, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy said on Friday.

“In the Kharkiv region, investigations are continuing in the areas that were liberated from Russian occupation. All crimes of the Russians are being recorded, and evidence of their guilt is being collected. Torture chambers where civilians of occupied cities and towns were bullied and premises where people, even foreigners, were kept have been found.”

“In particular, seven citizens of Sri Lanka, students of Kupyansk Medical College were rescued. In March, they had been captured by Russian soldiers and later kept in a basement.”

“Only now, after the liberation of the Kharkiv region, were these people rescued. They are being provided with proper medical care,” he was quoted as saying by Ukrayinska Pravda.

On September 15, Ukraine’s Deputy Interior Minister, Yevhen Yenin, reported that citizens of an Asian country, being peaceful foreign students, tried to leave for territory controlled by the Ukrainian Government but were stopped by Russian military personnel, illegally detained, and tortured. – News Agencies