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Russia: Plane with 50 released POWs lands at Chkalovsky airbase02:15

Russia: Plane with 50 released POWs lands at Chkalovsky airbase

Russian Federation, Moscow region
January 9, 2023 at 06:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

A plane with 50 released Russian servicemen touched down at Chkalovsky airfield on Sunday. Ruptly footage shows the plane landing and taxiing along the runway, before the soldiers disembarked and boarded buses.

The Russian Defence Ministry reported on a prisoner exchange with the Ukrainian side.

"On 8 January this year, as a result of the negotiation process, 50 Russian servicemen were returned from Kiev-controlled territory," the ministry said in a statement. It stressed that "all those released are provided with the necessary medical and psychological assistance".

Fedor, one of the soldiers, said he had managed to contact his family.

"We had time to call our relatives, our loved ones. They are waiting for us, they are crying, they can't believe it, they are very happy," he shared.

Meanwhile, the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak, also confirmed the swap on Sunday, saying 50 of his side were returning home too; "33 officers and 17 privates and sergeants", he specified.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.

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A plane with 50 released Russian servicemen touched down at Chkalovsky airfield on Sunday. Ruptly footage shows the plane landing and taxiing along the runway, before the soldiers disembarked and boarded buses.

The Russian Defence Ministry reported on a prisoner exchange with the Ukrainian side.

"On 8 January this year, as a result of the negotiation process, 50 Russian servicemen were returned from Kiev-controlled territory," the ministry said in a statement. It stressed that "all those released are provided with the necessary medical and psychological assistance".

Fedor, one of the soldiers, said he had managed to contact his family.

"We had time to call our relatives, our loved ones. They are waiting for us, they are crying, they can't believe it, they are very happy," he shared.

Meanwhile, the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, Andriy Yermak, also confirmed the swap on Sunday, saying 50 of his side were returning home too; "33 officers and 17 privates and sergeants", he specified.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine in late February after recognising the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), claiming that Kiev had failed to guarantee their special status under the 2014 Minsk Agreements, and urging Ukraine to declare itself officially neutral and give assurances that it would never join NATO.

Kiev denounced the Russian action as an invasion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky imposed martial law throughout the country, announcing a general mobilisation, while the EU and US imposed several rounds of sanctions on Moscow.