Israel pardons Ukrainian prisoner in fight against Russia – Middle East Monitor
Israeli President Isaac Herzog has pardoned a Ukrainian prisoner for taking part in his country’s war against Russia, according to Israeli media, Anadolu News Agency reports.
state-run CAN The channel said Herzog fulfilled the prisoner’s wish to fight for Ukraine on Monday “after the Justice Department backed his release in light of the extraordinary humanitarian justification.”
The broadcaster said the Ukrainian man was arrested in 2017 when he arrived in Israel carrying a few kilograms of cocaine in his suitcase.
The prisoner is expected to leave for Ukraine next week.
On February 24, Russia launched a war against Ukraine, which sparked international outrage, with the European Union, the United States and the United Kingdom, among others, implementing tough sanctions against Moscow.
At least 1,430 civilians have been killed in Ukraine and 2,097 injured, according to UN estimates, with the true figure feared to be much higher.
More than 4.21 million Ukrainians have also fled to other countries, with millions more internally displaced, according to the UN refugee agency.
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