Support of Ukrainian servicemen and political prisoners released from the Russian captivity
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation has bought apartments in Odesa for 24 Ukrainian sailors who had been released from the Russian captivity and returned to Ukraine and apartments in Kyiv for five freed Ukrainian political prisoners of the Kremlin – Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh, Artur Panov and Oleksiy Syzonovych – who returned to Ukraine in September 2019 as part of the 35-for-35 prisoner swap. Before their detention, they lived in occupied territories: Crimea and Luhansk Region.
They are not only heroes, they are at the same time also ordinary people, each of them having his home in Ukraine. However, they cannot return there yet. Their homes were stolen from them, similarly a part of Donbas and Crimea were stolen from all of us. However, I think that the time will come when every citizen of Ukraine will feel like home anywhere in our country including Crimea and Donbass
— Victor Pinchuk, businessman and philanthropist
Even the heroes deserve simple human happiness because when they came back, they could not return to their homes. We are happy that our boys will be able to celebrate the New Year not only at home but in their own home, which they now have. This is the least we can do to show them how grateful we are that they have remained faithful to themselves and Ukraine
— Olena Pinchuk, founder of the Elena Pinchuk Foundation
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