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55 Russian troops freed in prisoner exchange with Ukraine, Moscow says – National

Russia’s defense ministry said Thursday that 55 military personnel had been returned to Russia in the largest prisoner-of-war deal with Ukraine since the start of the war.

At daily briefings, the ministry said combatants from the Russian military and proxies in the Russian-backed separatist region of eastern Ukraine were being flown to Russia by military planes and undergoing medical examinations.

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The surprise exchange involved nearly 300 people, including 10 foreign and Ukrainian commanders who led the long-term defense of the port city of Mariupol.

The Russian-installed separatist head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said pro-Kremlin Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvechuk was released as part of the deal.

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A personal friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Medvechuk was accused of treason for leading a pro-Russian party banned in Ukraine.


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The swap, brokered by Saudi Arabia, comes on the eve of a referendum in parts of Russia-occupied Ukraine and is likely to open a wave in which Russia formally declares its annexation of more territories of its neighbors. .



55 Russian troops freed in prisoner exchange with Ukraine, Moscow says – National

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