MOSCOW/KYIV: Russia and Ukraine stated on Wednesday (Jan 31) they’d accomplished a prisoner change, the primary because the crash last week of a Russian military transport plane that Moscow says was carrying 65 Ukrainian troopers forward of an analogous swap.
The Russian Defence Ministry stated both sides had received 195 troopers again and that its personal troopers could be flown to Moscow to obtain medical and psychological therapy.
It was cited by the RIA state information company as saying that the United Arab Emirates had performed a job in brokering the deal.
“On Jan 31, because of the negotiation course of, 195 Russian servicemen who had been in mortal hazard in captivity had been returned from territory managed by the Kyiv regime. In return, precisely 195 prisoners from the armed forces of Ukraine had been handed over,” the defence ministry stated in a press release.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated on his official account on X that it was one of many greatest swaps thus far. He gave a barely larger quantity for the variety of Ukrainians returned.
“Our persons are again. 207 of them. We return them house it doesn’t matter what,” stated Zelenskyy.
Ukraine’s governmental physique accountable for PoWs stated that what was the fiftieth prisoner change of its variety had returned house troopers concerned within the defence of the cities of Mariupol and Kherson in addition to troopers captured by Russia on Snake Island within the Black Sea.
It stated marines and fight medics had been amongst these handed again and stated that 36 of the returned Ukrainians had accidents or severe diseases.
The 2 nations have carried out periodic prisoner swaps through intermediaries because the conflict started practically two years in the past, regardless of the absence of any peace talks between them because the early months of the battle.
The most recent and largest change was on Jan 3, after they traded a complete of 478 captives following mediation by the United Arab Emirates.
Russia says Ukraine shot down the airplane carrying prisoners for final week’s swap with a ground-to-air missile and that every one 74 individuals on board had been killed.
Ukraine has neither confirmed nor denied that it downed the airplane, and has demanded proof of who was on board.