Russia and Ukraine stated that they had exchanged dozens of prisoners on Monday, many of them ladies, the most recent signal that the international locations are prepared to barter to free their residents even because the warfare escalates.
Andriy Yermak, the top of the Ukrainian president’s workplace, stated that 108 ladies who had been prisoners of warfare had been free of Russia.
“Another large-scale POWs swap was carried out today,” he wrote on Twitter. “Extremely emotional and really special,” he added. He stated that these freed included 11 officers and 85 privates and noncommissioned officers.
“Now all the ladies will undergo a medical examination and rehabilitation. They will hug their relatives, their children,” he wrote on Twitter. “They will recover.”
President Volodymyr Zelensky stated in his nightly tackle that 12 of the launched prisoners had been civilians. “We do not forget about any of our people — we have to return them all,” he stated.
Mr. Zelensky urged his nation’s troopers to recollect the worth of prisoners. “The more Russian prisoners we have, the sooner we will be able to free our heroes,” he stated. “Every Ukrainian warrior, every frontline commander should remember this.”
Russia’s protection ministry confirmed the prisoner swap, saying that 110 Russian residents had been freed by the Ukrainian authorities and had been returning to Moscow by way of navy transport. Among the prisoners, it stated, had been 72 Russian sailors from civilian ships who had been held by the Ukrainian authorities since February.
It stated that two Ukrainian ladies voluntarily refused to return to Ukraine, preferring to remain within the Russian Federation, a declare that was not confirmed by Ukraine.
Late final month, Andriy Yusov, who represents the intelligence division in Ukraine’s protection ministry, stated that, as of then, about 800 prisoners of warfare had been returned to Ukraine in roughly 20 exchanges since Russia’s invasion started in February. His assertion to journalists gave no particulars of the mechanism for the swaps and didn’t say how many Russians had been exchanged.
This month, United Nations investigators in Ukraine stated they had been receiving accounts of Russian forces torturing civilian and navy prisoners — typically to the purpose of demise. At the identical time, they stated, individuals had been disappearing continuously in areas managed by Russia and its proxies.