Ukraine and Russia Prisoner Swap

Ukraine and Russia Prisoner Swap

Russia and Ukraine continue to swap prisoners with each other, in a rare show of goodwill between the two nations.

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In the most recent swap, the Ukrainian and Russian governments met to exchange 50 POWs during intense fighting in Eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian soldiers pose for a photo after being released during the swap with Russia. (Andriy Yermak Via Telegram)

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, “On January 8, as a result of negotiations, 50 Russian servicemen, who were in mortal danger while in captivity, were returned from the territory controlled by the Kyiv regime.”

Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian presidential office, confirmed this statement on Twitter, saying, “Another successful POWs (prisoners of war) swap. 50 Ukrainian soldiers are back.”

On January 11 the Russian Human Rights Commissioner, Tatyana Moskalkova, said an additional agreement has been reached after a meeting in Ankara, Turkey with her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Lubinets.

“It is very important that the ombudsmen of Ukraine and Russia, in the absence of diplomatic relations, take concrete actions to help people,” Moskalkova told reporters.

Joshua Paulo
Joshua Paulo
Combining a Criminal Justice and International Relations background, Josh boasts years of experience in various forms of analysis and freelance journalism. He currently spearheads a team of professionals committed to delivering unbiased reporting to provide the public and private sector with accurate and insightful information. Josh serves as Atlas's Director of News.
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