He was the defender of Azovstal. His picture went around the world. This is what it looks like after months of Russian captivity

On Wednesday, there was an exchange of prisoners of war between Russia and Ukraine. 215 Ukrainian military returned to the country, including defenders of Azovstal. Among them Mykhailo Dianov, famous in the world for his iconic photograph taken by Dmytro “Orest” of Cossack, known as “the eyes of Azovstal”. Cossack also returned the day before yesterday from Russian captivity.

Mychajło Dianow – Dmytro Kozacki / Press materials

Although in the photo taken in the basement of the steel plant under fire for months, Dianov was not in good condition, the photos taken after his release from Russian captivity are frightening.

The photos were published on her profile by the Ukrainian journalist and co-organizer of the project “National Hero of Ukraine” Wioletta Kirtoka. “The price of slavery. And a glaring example of the enemy’s” humanity “. The hand of Mykhail Dianov, defender of Azovstal, who was released on September 21 after four months of captivity,” she wrote. “It is not just that the injured hand has not healed. It has 4 cm of bone missing. Treatment and recovery will of course take a long time” – he emphasizes.

“When I saw the picture, it was physically hurt. What these steadfast people went through … Now they need help. Financial. Moral. Social. Medical” – emphasizes Kirtoka.

In one of the published photos, she gave the bank details of Mykhailo’s sister. You can transfer money to her account for the treatment and rehabilitation of a man. Money can also pay at this link.

A journalist from the 20minut.ua portal asked about Dianov’s health, his brother-in-law immediately after his release. As he said, apart from problems with his right hand, he also has serious gunshot wounds to his legs.

As Dianova’s sister, Olena, told journalists of “Ukrainian Pravda. Zyttia”, for the time being, according to doctors, it is impossible to carry out her brother’s surgery. – He must gain weight first. This is essential because his physical condition does not allow him to undergo surgery. It could be dangerous for him. That is why the brother must now recover, regain strength – she said.

Some of the prisoners released from Russian captivity were brutally tortured, General Kyryło Budanov, head of Ukraine’s military intelligence (HUR) said on Thursday.

The prisoners released from captivity are in different conditions: there are people who are in more or less good physical condition, apart from the effects of malnutrition – said Budanow at a briefing. Among those released there are also people who have been subjected to “very brutal torture”; the percentage of such people is high – added the head of HUR. Some of the released people stay in the hospital.

The POWs were held both on Ukrainian territory temporarily occupied by Russian forces, and in Russia.

The head of the office (administration) of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, informed that as a result of the exchange of prisoners of war agreed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 215 Ukrainian defenders were released from Russian captivity.

Budanov stressed that this is the largest replacement since the beginning of a full-blown invasion. He noted that the stages of the operation took place in four countries: Ukraine, Poland, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, writes the Ukrinform agency.

Among the Ukrainian military, who managed to be replaced with 55 Russian soldiers and a pro-Russian politician, and at the same time Kuma of President Vladimir Putin, Viktor Medvedchukthere were defenders of Mariupol, including famous nurse “Ptaszyna” Kateryna Poliszczuk and doctor Mariana Mamonowa, who is in an advanced state of pregnancy.

(Sources: 20minut.ua, Facebook, PAP)

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