The exchanged Russian soldiers were taken to their homeland, they are in hospitals, the Defense Ministry said. The fact that Moscow and Kyiv exchanged prisoners of war was announced the day before by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
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The Russian Ministry of Defense commented on the exchange of prisoners with Ukraine, which became known last night. The agency reported that as a result of a complex negotiation process, 55 military personnel of Russia, the DPR and the LPR were returned from the territory of Ukraine. The message of the Ministry of Defense says that they were in captivity “in mortal danger.”
Now they have been delivered to the territory of Russia and are in medical institutions, the press service of the Ministry of Defense said. “All released servicemen are given the opportunity to contact their relatives,” — noted in the ministry's announcement.
The fact that Moscow and Kyiv exchanged prisoners of war was announced the day before by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who called the exchange “an important step towards peace.” and thanked the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, who, according to him, facilitated the exchange.
Ukrainian authorities have previously claimed that 50 prisoners were extradited to Russia, including a former MP and leader of the « Ukrainian choice» Viktor Medvedchuk. Ukraine, according to Kyiv, received 215 people, including commanders of the Azov battalion; (recognized as a terrorist organization in Russia and banned) Denis Prokopenko (Redis) and Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalina), as well as the commander of the Marines of the 36th brigade Sergei Volyn (Volyn). Zelensky said that under the terms of the exchange, the five Azov commanders will stay in Turkey until the end of hostilities “under the personal guarantees of the Turkish president.”