Ukraine announces exchange of 215 prisoners of war, including Azovstal defense chiefs
We managed to release 215 people.Andrey Yermak, the head of the administration of the President of Ukraine, told the television about this. Among them are the defense chiefs of the Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol, a symbol of resistance to the Russian invasion.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his daily address that Russia had released 55 prisoners, including former deputy Viktor Medvedchuk, a close friend of Vladimir Putin, who was charged with treason in Ukraine. “Instead we gave 55 people who deserve neither pity nor sympathy”who “I fought against Ukraine and those who betrayed Ukraine”he started.
As part of this “A long-prepared operation”five military commanders, “Superheroes”Zelensky said that the defense chiefs of Azovstal were transferred to Turkey. Negotiations on their exchange were underway “The longest, the hardest”he added.
Defenders of Azovstal in Turkey
These people will stay in Turkey “In absolute safety and comfortable conditions” up“at the end of the war” According to the head of state of Ukraine, under the terms of the agreement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, they will be able to meet their families there.
A total of 188 “Heroes of Azovstal and Mariupol” 108 servicemen from the Azov regiment were exchanged, he said. “We will do everything to save everyone who is in Russian captivity”Mr. Zelensky promised, according to which there are pregnant women among the exchanged prisoners.
Ten foreign prisoners – five Britons, two Americans, a Moroccan, a Swede and a Croat – were announced to have been transferred from Russia to Saudi Arabia today as part of an exchange by Saudi diplomats between Moscow and Ukraine. Mr. Zelensky. The last Ukrainian defenders of Mariupol, sunk in the huge Azov steel plant on the Sea of Azov, surrendered to Russian forces on May 16-20, after three months of intense fighting.