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Some 800 Azov fighters, incl. more than 40 women, remain in Russian captivity – patronage service

KYIV. Sept 27 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Around 800 Azov fighters, including more than 40 women, among whom there are pregnant, currently remain in Russian captivity, Head of the Department for Work with Prisoners and Their Families of the Azov Patronage Service Olha Kravchenko has said.

"We saw that almost 90% of the prisoners, who have been released, suffered the late stage of anorexia, such a moral and psychological exhaustion that we were simply shocked. […] Old shrapnel and gunshot wounds in the severe neglected form, since they did not receive proper treatment either at Azovstal or in captivity. The men and women have shrapnel in their bodies and they need surgery. There are also such injuries as torn tendon and loss of organs of vision," she said on air of the Suspilne television channel.

When asked whether pregnant prisoners receive adequate medical treatment, Kravchenko said that it is impossible and the women must be taken to the Ukrainian government-controlled territory.

She also said none of the recently released prisoners have come back home as all of them needed medical aid.

According to the Patronage Service, there are many senior people among the prisoners, who have chronic diseases in addition to combat injuries.