Russia and Ukraine exchanged about 200 prisoners of struggle (POWs) every Wednesday, practically every week after the 2 nations traded accusations over the deadly crash of a aircraft Moscow claimed was carrying Ukrainian POWs, the nations confirmed Wednesday.
The Russian Protection Ministry stated either side obtained 195 troopers, per The Related Press, whereas Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated 207 prisoners had been returned to Kyiv.
“Immediately, we had been in a position to free 207 extra Ukrainians from Russian captivity. 180 privates and sergeants. 27 officers,” Zelensky wrote on X, previously Twitter. “Nearly half of them are Mariupol defenders. Armed Forces, Nationwide Guard, Border Guard, and Nationwide Police — 207 Ukrainians will quickly be reunited with their family members. 207 completely satisfied households.”
Zelensky stated it marked the fiftieth prisoner change since Ukraine’s struggle with Russia started practically two years in the past. About 3,035 Ukrainians have been returned by means of these exchanges, he stated.
The Russian navy claimed the Russian POWs concerned in Wednesday’s swap “confronted lethal hazard in captivity” and will likely be transported to Moscow for therapy and rehabilitation, per the AP.
It comes every week after Moscow claimed a Russian navy aircraft carrying 65 Ukrainian POWs was shot down by Kyiv’s forces, prompting the 2 nations to commerce numerous counterclaims, The Related Press reported.
Whereas Russia claimed the aircraft was taken down in Russia’s Belgorod area with Ukrainian missiles, Kyiv solid doubt on whether or not prisoners had been aboard the aircraft, which it urged might have posed a menace to Ukraine, the information wire added.
Neither aspect supplied proof for his or her allegations, the AP stated.
Russian President Vladimir Putin final week claimed Russian investigators discovered Ukraine used U.S.-supplied Patriot air protection techniques to shoot down the aircraft, the AP reported. Putin stated he would “insist” on a world investigation into the incident.
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