According to the Geneva Conventions, prisoners of war can be involved in socially useful works and that is why Russian prisoners are participating in the reconstruction of Ukraine, Andrii Yusov, representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, told in an interview with Ukrainian News.
"According to the Geneva Conventions, they (Russian prisoners of war. – Ed.) have the right to be involved in such (socially useful. – Ed.) works and they are involved. There are such jobs in the Ukrainian prison camp,” he noted.
He also informed that Russian prisoners of war receive salaries – small, but it is established according to the norms of international law. According to him, there is a store in the camp where prisoners of war can spend money for their own needs.
In response to the question of whether they receive money from the budget, Yusov said that one way or another (and international organizations provide aid), but they receive such funds.
"For supervision, to ensure protection, the employees of this facility work and receive money through the efforts of the Ukrainian state. Of course, such money is allocated,” he said.
Answering the question of whether there are cases when prisoners of war express a desire to fight against Putin's regime, he confirmed that there are such cases.
< p>"Among the various divisions where there are citizens of the Russian Federation. They are fighting against Putin's regime. “There are people who, after being captured, express their desire not to return to the Russian Federation and defend their honor and future, including that of their country, as they see it,” he said.