Russia and Ukraine exchange 200 prisoners in a New Year’s exchange
Ukraine and Russia have released more than 200 prisoners of war in the latest exchange before the new year.
The Russian Defense Ministry said that Ukraine had released 82 Russian soldiers, while the chief of staff of the Ukrainian president, Andriy Yermak, said that Russia had handed over 140 Ukrainian soldiers.
Yermak said in a message on his Telegram page that some of the 132 Ukrainian men and eight women who were released were wounded or fought to defend the Black Sea port city of Mariupol and on Snake Island.
The two sides have exchanged hundreds of captured soldiers in several prisoner exchanges in recent months, despite a complete breakdown in the broader diplomatic talks between Moscow and Kiev.
In September, Russia and Ukraine exchanged 200 prisoners of war due to mediation by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and diplomatic traffic conducted with the leaders of the two countries.