Ukraine and Russia exchange prisoners again: 30 Ukrainians released

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Ukraine and Russia are participating in a prisoner exchange for the fourth time since the start of the war. Thirty Ukrainians held in Russian captivity have been released, said Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk.

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“Five officers and 17 soldiers were exchanged,” Vereshchuk reported on the Telegram social network. In addition, eight other civilians, including one woman, were handed over to Kiev. Today, about thirty of our compatriots are returning home.

Vereshchuk does not reveal how many prisoners are being transferred from Ukraine to Russia in return. Moscow has not provided any information so far.

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There is also no information on the identity of the prisoners. Earlier in the day, Ukraine’s defense ministry announced the release of two Ukrainian pilots, who have been detained by Russia since March 8. The conditions of their release have not been specified.

On Tuesday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky offered to replace the recently arrested Ukrainian businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin, with Ukrainian prisoners in Russia. But the proposal was rejected by Moscow a day later.

In a previous prisoner exchange, on April 9, Russia released a total of 26 Ukrainians: 12 soldiers and 14 civilians.

On Tuesday, the Ukrainian president offered to replace businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Putin's, with Ukrainian prisoners.

On Tuesday, the Ukrainian president offered to replace businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, a close associate of Putin’s, with Ukrainian prisoners. © AP

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