Ukraine has announced the exchange of 215 military prisoners, including Azovstal security chiefs
“We managed to free 215 people”, Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Andriy Yermak told TV. Among them are security chiefs at the Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol, a symbol of resistance to the Russian invasion.
In his daily address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia had freed 55 prisoners, including former MP Viktor Medvetsuk, a close friend of Vladimir Putin, who was accused of treason in Ukraine. “Instead, we gave 55 people with no remorse or sympathy.”Who is that “Fought against Ukraine and against those who betrayed Ukraine”He began.
As part of this “A long-prepared operation”Five army generals, “Superheroes”, including Azovstal security chiefs, were transferred to Turkey, Zelensky said. Negotiations for their exchange took place “Too Long, Hard”he added.
Defenders of Azovstal in Turkey
These people will stay in Turkey “In absolute safety and comfort” up to“At the End of the War” But according to Ukraine’s president, under the terms of an agreement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, they can visit their families there.
188 in total “Heroes of Azovstal and Mariupol” In this, 108 soldiers from the Azov Brigade were exchanged. “We will do everything to save all Russian captives”Mr. Zelensky was assured that among the exchanged prisoners were pregnant women.
Ten foreign prisoners of war – five British, two Americans, one Moroccan, one Swede and one Croat – were to be transferred from Russia to Saudi Arabia today as part of an exchange between Moscow and Ukraine, Saudi diplomacy announced. Mr. To Zelensky. The last Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol, entrenched in the huge Azovstal steelworks on the Sea of Azov, surrendered to Russian forces between May 16 and 20 after three months of fierce fighting.
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