WORLD Ukraine, Russia carry out largest prisoner swap

WORLD

Ukraine, Russia carry out largest prisoner swap

Xinhua

18:27, September 22, 2022

KIEV, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) - Ukraine and Russia have carried out their largest prisoner exchange since the start of the conflict on Feb. 24, the Coordinating Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War said Thursday.

This handout photograph taken and released by Security Service of Ukraine on September 22, 2022 shows acting chief of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Vasyl Maliuk (R) greeting a Ukrainian prisoner of war after a mass prisoner exchange in the Chernigiv region. (Photo: AFP)

As a result, 215 Ukrainians, including 124 officers, returned home, the agency said.

Among those freed are servicemen from the Azov regiment which fought for Mariupol's Azovstal steel plant, as well as troops from the Ukrainian navy, the State Security Service, the State Customs Service and other agencies.

Besides, two civilians were released under the swap.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also said that ten foreign citizens were freed from Russian captivity under the exchange.

Ukraine and Russia conducted their first prisoner exchange on March 24.

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