According to a report from Reuters, Russia and Ukraine made a joint announcement regarding a prisoner-of-war exchange on Thursday. This exchange will involve the repatriation of 45 soldiers from each side.
According to a report from the Russian news agency RIA, the Ministry of Defence of Russia has confirmed the repatriation of 45 Russian service members from Ukrainian custody.
According to Andriy Yermak, the individual in charge of Ukraine’s presidential staff, 45 service personnel and two civilians have been successfully repatriated to Ukraine.
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Yermak, in a post on the Telegram messaging app, reported that some released individuals had actively participated in combat operations in Mariupol and the Azovstal steel plant in the southern city. Additionally, others had engaged in frontline combat in different regions.
Yermak stated that each individual can be considered a hero.
According to Dmytro Lubinets, the human rights ombudsman of Ukraine, most of the released individuals had sustained significant injuries. It is important to note that all of them will be subjected to rehabilitation.
In a subsequent statement, Yermak reported that two minors, aged six and 10, were repatriated to Ukraine after the liberation of their mother, a military medic, in October of the previous year.
Throughout the 17-month war, Russia and Ukraine have engaged in periodic exchanges of prisoner groups.
According to Lubinets, 2,576 Ukrainian individuals have been released through prisoner exchanges since Russia’s comprehensive invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.