In the latest exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia, more than 200 soldiers from each country have been returned, marking a periodic occurrence of such swaps since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine over a year ago.
Ukrainian President’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, announced the return of military personnel, including sailors, border guards, and national guardsmen, some of whom were seriously injured, from Mariupol, a city captured by Russia last spring.
Yermak expressed gratitude to officials for accomplishing what may seem impossible, and shared a video of women in uniform being greeted with flowers. Moscow confirmed the return of 106 of its servicemen from territories under Kyiv’s control, stating that they will be flown to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation.
The Russian defence ministry added that all those who were freed will receive necessary medical and psychological assistance. This follows the previous prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine last month, where 130 Ukrainians were swapped for 90 Russian servicemen, as announced on March 7 by authorities.