9 servicemen faced ‘serious danger’ while in Ukrainian captivity, country’s defense ministry says
Nine more Russian soldiers have been released from captivity following talks between Moscow and Kyiv, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday. Servicemen would now be flown to Moscow by the Air Force transport plane for rehabilitation, according to the military.
During their Ukrainian captivity, the soldiers faced “great danger,” underlined the ministry. “All those who have been released are now receiving all the necessary medical and psychological help,” the statement read.
Earlier, acting head of the Donetsk People’s Republic Denis Pushilin revealed that Russia and Ukraine exchanged nine prisoners of war (POWs), without providing further details.
kyiv claimed to have sacked 12 people – nine soldiers and three civilians, with one man believed to be “faded away” being among them. According to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andrey Ermak, the list included two officers and seven soldiers.
Saturday’s swap is the latest in a series of similar moves that have seen more than 100 Russian soldiers return home this week.
On Thursday alone, Russia and Ukraine exchanged 50 prisoners of war after exchanging 35 others the day before.
In early November, Russia and Ukraine each released another 107 captured people.
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