Ukraine, Russia swap 50 prisoners of war each – officials

Press service of the Ukraine’s Military Intelligence/Handout via REUTERS
Ukrainian prisoners of war (POWs) pose after a swap, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine November 24, 2022.

MOSCOW – Russia and Ukraine carried out the latest in series of prisoner of war exchanges on Saturday, with both sides returning around 50 people, officials in Moscow and Kyiv said.

Ukraine’s military intelligence directorate reported the return of 52 detainees, among them soldiers, sailors, border guards, national guard members and doctors.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that since March, Russia had freed a total of 1,031 prisoners.

“We remember all those who are held captive in Russia and on occupied territory and will do everything to ensure that each and every one is returned,” he said in a video address.

Russia’s defense ministry said Ukraine handed over 50 prisoners of war after talks.

Earlier on Saturday, Denis Pushilin, the Moscow-backed head of the Donetsk region – one of four regions of Ukraine that Russia unilaterally proclaimed as its territory last month – also said a prisoner swap with Ukraine was taking place.

He said 50 people from each side were being exchanged.