Russia and Ukraine confirm new prisoner exchange

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MOSCOW

Russia and Ukraine confirmed on Saturday that they had exchanged other prisoners of war.

“On October 29, as a result of the negotiation process, 50 Russian servicemen, who were in mortal danger in captivity, were returned from territory controlled by the Kyiv regime,” a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry said.

He added that the released servicemen will be transported to Moscow by military transport planes, where they will undergo treatment and rehabilitation in medical institutions of the Russian Defense Ministry.

In a separate statement, Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, said 52 officers, doctors, sergeants and soldiers had returned home thanks to the prisoner swap with Russia.

“We do not stop and continue to fulfill the President’s task of ‘bringing all Ukrainians home.’ I thank the Coordinating Headquarters for the treatment of POWs,” Yermak wrote on Telegram.

According to Yermak, 12 Ukrainian National Guard servicemen, 18 sailors, eight border guards, nine territorial defense fighters, three Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers and two civilians returned to Ukraine after the exchange.

Earlier this month, the two countries exchanged more than 100 prisoners of war in the first prisoner exchange deal since the war began in February.

On September 21, Russia and Ukraine exchanged 200 prisoners of war, including senior Ukrainian commanders, following Türkiye’s mediation and diplomatic efforts with the leaders of both countries.

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