War in Ukraine: kyiv announces the exchange of 215 military prisoners with Russia

Ukraine and Russia carried out an exchange of military prisoners on Wednesday, September 21, the largest since the start of the Russian offensive in February. “We managed to free 215 people”, the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration told television. kyiv notably recovered 188 “hero” having defended the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, a symbol of resistance to the Russian invasion, including 108 members of the Azov regiment.

Five military commanders have been transferred to Turkey, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. They will stay in this country “in absolute safety and in comfortable conditions” up“At the end of the war”under an agreement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to the Ukrainian head of state.

Russia has recovered 55 prisoners, including ex-MP Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin accused of high treason in Ukraine. Ten prisoners of war (including five British and two Americans) are part of this exchange, said Volodymyr Zelensky. The transfer of these prisoners of war from Russia to Saudi Arabia, as part of an exchange between Moscow and Ukraine, was announced earlier in the day by Saudi diplomacy.

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