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Russia: 35 released Russian servicemen returned to their homeland03:57

Russia: 35 released Russian servicemen returned to their homeland

Russian Federation, Sevastopol
November 24, 2022 at 18:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Russian air force delivered 35 released servicemen back to their homeland following a prisoner exchange with the Ukrainian side, according to the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday.

"As a result of the negotiation process, 35 Russian servicemen were returned from the territory controlled by the Kiev regime," the department said in a statement.

It added that the released servicemen will be taken to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation in military medical institutions.

"I called my mother about 40 minutes ago, informed her that I had been exchanged. I also said that my friends had been exchanged. They are waiting me home," said one of the released servicemen.

The acting head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin wrote on his official Telegram channel on Wednesday that the sides swapped 35 military prisoners each with "four from the Donetsk People's Republic, two from the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR)."

Meanwhile, the head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office, Andriy Yermak also confirmed the exchange.

"36 of our people have returned home - one civilian and 35 military," Yermak wrote in his Telegram channel.

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the DPR and LPR, claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreement.

Russian troops were sent in, allegedly to defend citizens from attacks by Kiev, as well as to ‘demilitarise’ and 'denazify’ the region. Moscow also urged Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and guarantee that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the action as an invasion, denying allegations of tolerating Nazi organisations. President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

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The Russian air force delivered 35 released servicemen back to their homeland following a prisoner exchange with the Ukrainian side, according to the Ministry of Defence on Wednesday.

"As a result of the negotiation process, 35 Russian servicemen were returned from the territory controlled by the Kiev regime," the department said in a statement.

It added that the released servicemen will be taken to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation in military medical institutions.

"I called my mother about 40 minutes ago, informed her that I had been exchanged. I also said that my friends had been exchanged. They are waiting me home," said one of the released servicemen.

The acting head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin wrote on his official Telegram channel on Wednesday that the sides swapped 35 military prisoners each with "four from the Donetsk People's Republic, two from the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR)."

Meanwhile, the head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office, Andriy Yermak also confirmed the exchange.

"36 of our people have returned home - one civilian and 35 military," Yermak wrote in his Telegram channel.

Moscow launched a military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the DPR and LPR, claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreement.

Russian troops were sent in, allegedly to defend citizens from attacks by Kiev, as well as to ‘demilitarise’ and 'denazify’ the region. Moscow also urged Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and guarantee that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the action as an invasion, denying allegations of tolerating Nazi organisations. President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.