More than 50 people who were members of separatist groups returned to Ukraine from the so-called DPR and LPR as a result of the Security Service of Ukraine’s (SSU) program ‘Come Home’.
"This program is becoming more successful. Today we can say that more than 50 separatists have returned to Ukrainian territory under the program,” the Chief of Staff of the Head of the SSU, Olexandr Tkachuk, said at a briefing in Kiev on Monday.
He said that these people went through "a very difficult path of purification", including interrogation through the Ukrainian courts. Not a single member of a separatist group returns to the territory of Ukraine with the promise that he will simply be forgiven. A person has to go through criminal proceedings. And after the court rules that he did not commit grave crimes, that he could have been a victim of Russian propaganda and, at some point, chose the wrong path but deserves a pardon, the court decides so and then this person may return to his family," Tkachuk said.