KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO – SATURDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2022, 16:37
More than 1,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war have been freed from Russian captivity since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion as part of prisoner exchange agreements between the two countries.
Source: Andrii Yusov, representative of Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence, during the national 24/7 newscast
Quote from Yusov: "More than 1,000 Ukrainians have been freed from Russian captivity since the beginning of the full-scale invasion; more than 30 prisoner exchanges have been held."
Details: Yusov said that further prisoner exchanges are currently being discussed: "both a large-scale exchange where all prisoners are swapped, and separate smaller-scale exchanges."
The representative of Ukraine’s Defence Intelligence underscored that the track record of exchanges has been positive so far and said that he expects that the exchange process will continue apace.
Previously: On Saturday, 29 October, Ukraine held another prisoner exchange with Russia: 52 Ukrainian prisoners of war were freed as a result of the exchange.
- On 26 October, Ukraine brought home 10 Ukrainian defenders and recovered the body of a dead American volunteer as part of an exchange of prisoners of war.
- On 17 October, 108 Ukrainian women were released as a result of another prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia.
- As part of a prisoner swap with the Russian occupiers on 22 October, Ukraine succeeded in freeing 215 Ukrainian defenders, including 10 foreigners. The Ukrainian businessman and pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, to whose daughter Putin is godfather, was returned to Russia together with 55 Russian occupiers.