Russia and Ukraine complete ‘major’ prisoner exchange after mysterious plane crash

Russia and Ukraine complete ‘major’ prisoner exchange after mysterious plane crash
# 31 January 2024 21:04 (UTC +04:00)

Russia and Ukraine have exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war, in the first such swap since the deadly crash of a Russian military plane that Moscow claimed was carrying 65 captured Ukrainian soldiers, APA reports quoting CNN.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said 207 Ukrainian service members were returned on Wednesday, while the Russian Defense Ministry said 195 Russian military personnel had been received.

“Ours are at home. 207 guys,” Zelenskyy said, adding that almost half of those returned were “defenders of Mariupol,” the southern Ukrainian city that was brutally besieged in the early weeks of the war.

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