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MOSCOW, September 3./TASS/. Ukrainian national Dmitry Bely, freed in Afghanistan, has been handed over to Ukraine, says a report by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
"An official procedure to hand over to Ukrainian diplomats Ukrainian national Dmitry Bely, who had been for a long time held captive by illegal armed groups in Afghanistan, took place at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Kabul on September 2," it said.
Embassy sources said the Ukrainian national had received all he needed, including qualified medical assistance, as he stayed at the embassy compound. "We are glad that Russia has managed to save the life of Dmitry Bely and set him free," the Foreign Ministry said.
Last week, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mariya Zakharova said Dmitry Bely has been freed from captivity in Afghanistan thanks to Russia’s efforts, and the Russian side was ready to hand him to Ukraine’s representatives.
"As a result of active efforts of Russian agencies in close cooperation with the Afghan side, Ukrainian national Dmitry Konstantinovich Bely, who was long held captive by illegal armed units, has been freed in Afghanistan," Zakharova said.