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 Ukrainian Major Hrechanov (Rakhman) exchanged for captured Russian Army Major Starkov

Poroshenko signed a Decree of pardon for Russian Major Starkov for the sake of liberation of the Ukrainian serviceman.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with cyborg Rakhman who was released from captivity recently, Censor.NET informs citing the press office of the president.

The head of state emphasized that a lot of people had struggled for the release of Chief of Intelligence Department of the 81st air assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Andrii Hrechanov. After 18 attempts, he was finally liberated. "Today is a true holiday not only for your mother and wife, but also for all of us. Welcome home, warrior," the president said. The head of state reminded that he had called on Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande to put pressure on Putin in order to liberate the cyborg in the course of the meeting in Normandy format.

Petro Poroshenko thanked everyone involved in the liberation of the Ukrainian soldier. "I know how hard it was and how many people were involved," Petro Poroshenko said.

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The president phoned Rakhman's wife and mother to express gratitude for such a great son and husband. "I would like to thank you for raising such sons - true heroes of Ukraine who do everything for the territory of our country to be liberated and who are an example of how one should love and fight for Ukraine. We will stand for such people like Andrii until the end. We tried to set him free 18 times. And today is a bright day, because he has finally come home," Petro Poroshenko said to Rakhman's mother.

Petro Poroshenko informed that he had signed a Decree of pardon for Russian Major Starkov for the sake of the liberation of Ukrainian. The head of state added that he had talked to Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu the day before in Paris and they had been discussing, inter alia, the issue of cyborg's liberation. "He gave an example when they released one thousand terrorists in exchange for the corporal of the Israeli army. And they believe they've done the right thing," the president noted.

The head of state thanked the cyborg for his courage and power of spirit: "You demonstrated true will power of Ukrainian warriors while being in captivity".
 
 
 
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