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The biggest prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine since the beginning of the war (photos)

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According to Zelensky’s statements on Wednesday night, Kyiv and Moscow exchanged prisoners in an operation that was “long in the making”.

In a surprise mass prisoner exchange – the largest during the war since Russia invaded on February 24 – Ukraine and Russia went ahead.

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According to Zelensky’s statements on Wednesday night, Kyiv and Moscow exchanged prisoners in an operation that was “long in the making”. The exchange involved the release of 215 Ukrainians and foreign fighters fighting alongside them, for 55 Russian soldiers.

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Among the freed Ukrainians are also officers of the Azovstal battle, at the steel plant that for Kyiv is a symbol of resistance to Russia’s military invasion. The heads of the defense in Azovstal were transferred to Turkey, where they will remain “in absolute safety and in comfortable conditions” until “the end of the war”, by virtue of an agreement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Ukrainian president clarified.

The largest prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine

On the other hand, the Ukrainians released 55 Russian soldiers, among them the former Ukrainian MP, oligarch and close friend of Putin, Viktor Medvedchuk.

The foreigners released include two Britons and a Moroccan who were sentenced to death in June after being caught fighting on the side of Ukraine.

Three other Britons, two Americans, a Croatian and a Swedish national were also released.

Politico called the prisoner exchange “huge” and Reuters called it a “major” and “surprise” move, the largest exchange of prisoners between the two countries since the beginning of the conflict.

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Megan
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