Pro-Kremlin Ukrainian opposition flesh presser Viktor Medvedchuk, who used to be captured again in April, is being exchanged with Russia as a part of a prisoner switch, consistent with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Zelensky stated 200 Ukrainian prisoners had returned house in trade for Medvedchuk.
“At first, we were offered to return 50 of our people in exchange for one of those in the detention center of the Security Service of Ukraine. We talked. We insisted. The number of 50 increased to 200,” Zelensky stated throughout his nightly cope with.
Vasyl Maliuk, the performing head of the Ukrainian safety provider, stated Medvedchuk “is not just a godfather to Putin’s child, but also a documented by us as a traitor.”
“Moreover, while working on the Medvedchuk case, we have neutralized multiple agent networks, detained multiple traitors, and received a lot of valuable information that we are using for counterintelligence and will bring us closer to our victory,” Maliuk added.
Five Ukrainian commanders had been incorporated in the prisoner switch, as had been 55 prisoners to be despatched to Russia, consistent with Zelensky.
It’s unclear whether or not the 55 prisoners are all Russians or pro-Russians, however Zelensky described them as other folks “who fought against Ukraine, and those who betrayed Ukraine.”
According to Andrii Yermak, head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, a complete of 215 prisoners of war had been launched as a part of an trade of POWs between Russia and Ukraine, together with ten international prisoners.
Among the ones freed lately from captivity, there are 108 Azov opponents and different formations,” Yermak said. Those fighters from the controversial Azov Battalion, part of the National Guard of Ukraine, which Russia has previously called neo-Nazis.
Yermak additionally stated 10 foreigners had been amongst the ones swapped.
“Based at the requests of our global companions, we’ve additionally returned 10 international defenders of Ukraine. These are the representatives of the ones international locations, who lend a hand us essentially the most – the United States, Great Britain, Croatia, Sweden and Morocco,” Yermak stated.
The head of the State Property Fund, Rustem Umerov, stated, “They are protected and liberated from captivity. We are these days in the Saudi Arabia capital – Riyadh. The additional protected switch is deliberate from right here to their international locations with our companions.” Yermak added.
The Coordinating Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War (CHTPW), a government institution under the Defense Intelligence, said five British and two Americans are among the ten foreign prisoners.
“It will have to be famous that the discharge of international squaddies from captivity happened as a part of the most important trade because the full-scale invasion of Russia,” CHTPW said Thursday.
“The liberated heroes are looking ahead to rehabilitation and adaptation; they’re going to obtain the essential remedy,” CHTPW added.