After negotiations, Ukraine and Russia each handed over 50 captured soldiers. The exchange was confirmed on Thursday by the representatives of both hostile parties.
TASR took the information from the portal of the British television Sky News. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that Ukraine released 50 Russian soldiers who were captured. The head of the office of the Ukrainian president Andriy Jermak also confirmed the exchange on the Telegram social network, where he wrote that Ukraine received back 48 soldiers and two officers. “We managed to get back 19 defenders of the city of Mariupol, as well as 15 prisoners of war from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and seven from Snake Island,” specified Jermak.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Kyiv and Moscow have already exchanged more than 1,000 prisoners of war. Last month, more than 100 Ukrainian women were released from Russian captivity. Among the Ukrainians, 12 civilians and 37 people were captured by Russian forces after the fall of the Azovstal steelworks in the port city of Mariupol to the Russians in May.
Ukraine’s interior ministry said some of the women had been imprisoned since 2019 when they were detained by pro-Moscow authorities in eastern Ukrainian regions, such as Donetsk.