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Ukraine announces the exchange of 144 soldiers, including 95 “defenders of Azovstal” | War in Ukraine


This is the biggest trade [avec Moscou] since the beginning of the Russian invasionthe Main Intelligence Directorate, attached to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, said on Telegram, without giving further details on the location and date of the operation.

Among them are 43 servicemen of the Azov regimenta unit integrated for several years in the Ukrainian army, but which Moscow describes as naziadded the Ukrainian intelligence service.

They were exchanged with 52 other soldiers who were also in the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol at the time of the Russian assault.

Most prisoners exchanged are seriously injured, by bullets or shrapnelbut also suffer burns, fracturesUkrainian intelligence said.

The last Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol, entrenched in the immense Azovstal steelworks, on the Sea of ​​Azov, had surrendered to Russian forces between May 16 and 20, after three months of intense fighting.

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On May 28, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz asked their Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to release 2,500 Ukrainian fighters who were in the steelworks.

The Russian camp also finds 144 men

Pro-Russian separatist leader Denis Pushilin confirmed the swap, saying 144 soldiers of the Donetsk People’s Republic and Russia are returned home on their side.

The released Ukrainian prisoners are themselves in a deplorable state, with serious injurieshe said on Telegram.

medical and psychological”,”text”:”They all receive medical and psychological care”}}”>They all receive medical and psychological caresaid the Main Directorate of Ukrainian Intelligence, which announced on Tuesday the release of 17 prisoners as part of another exchange with Russia.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal commented on the exchange on Telegram, simply calling this prisoner release work a complicated.

kyiv and Moscow have carried out several prisoner exchanges since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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The latest, officially announced before these two exchanges, took place in early May and involved 41 Ukrainians.

The two countries also exchanged bodies of killed soldiers in mid-June, which enabled Ukraine to recover the remains of 64 defenders of the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol.

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