In Ukraine, more than seven thousand military personnel are considered missing, some of them in captivity.
This was stated by the Commissioner for Missing Persons in Special Circumstances Oleg Kotenko, reports "Public".
"If we are talking about the military, let's understand who the military are. There is the AFU, there is the National Guard, there are border guards, there is the SBU - and these are different institutions. They are not included in the figure that the AFU gives. They cite data of two thousand missing military personnel. Our call center has approximately 7200 people," Kotenko said.
For example, the commissioner continued, the Azov regiment is the National Guard and there are also missing people there. They did not get in touch with their relatives when they left Azovstal.
Kotenko added that most of the missing servicemen are in captivity.
As an example, he cited the servicemen of the 1st battalion of the 36th brigade who might be on the territory of the aggressor country.
"We know that they were taken to Russia. First, we have to understand how many people are there. If there are more than a hundred, we understand that practically the entire battalion is a prisoner of war. There is still no contact with them, so they are considered missing. Sooner or later, they will be on the exchange list and they will come home. This is the case when we know for sure that the missing are alive," said Oleg Kotenko.