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Russia and Ukraine Agree to Swap Prisoners

HeadlineSep 22, 2022

Russia and Ukraine have agreed to a swap that will see 215 Ukrainian prisoners of war released in exchange for 55 prisoners held by Kyiv, including a Ukrainian businessman and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Among those set to be released are members of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment, which fought a weeks-long battle against Russia in the city of Mariupol before finally surrendering in May.

Meanwhile, Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have released two U.S. citizens and eight other foreign nationals as part of a complex prisoner exchange. The deal was brokered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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