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Moscow and Kyiv exchanged 100 prisoners of war

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Russia and Ukraine announced this Sunday an exchange of 100 soldiers, 50 on each side, who were imprisoned during the fighting on Ukrainian soil.

“50 soldiers were repatriated [ucranianos] who were threatened by their lives in captivity, ”the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, noting that the release of military personnel was the result of “intense negotiations” that took place in recent days between Moscow and Kyiv.

On the other hand, the Russian Defense Ministry added, Russian soldiers will be flown to Moscow so that they can undergo a period of “medical and psychological rehabilitation.”

In Kyiv, the President of Ukraine confirmed the release of fifty Ukrainian soldiers, including 33 officers and 17 sergeants and privates, who were detained in places such as the outskirts of Kyiv, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant or in the port city of Mariupol. .

Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the two belligerents have exchanged thousands of prisoners of war.

In late December, a Ukrainian court sentenced four Russian prisoners to 11 years in prison on charges of war crimes.

The Kremlin categorically denies that its soldiers committed war crimes on Russian soil, namely in the annexed regions of Crimea, and Kyiv has asked the West to set up an international court to hear them.

The military offensive launched by Russia in Ukraine has so far caused the flight of more than 14 million people — 6.5 million internally displaced and more than 7.9 million to European countries — according to the latest UN figures, which classify this refugee crisis as the worst. in Europe after World War II (1939-1945).

At the moment, 17.7 million Ukrainians are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 9.3 million are in need of food aid and housing.

The Russian invasion, justified by President Vladimir Putin on the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security, was condemned by the international community as a whole, which responded by sending weapons to the Ukrainian authorities and imposing political and economic sanctions against Moscow. .

The UN has presented as confirmed 6,919 civilian deaths and 11,075 wounded since the start of the war, stressing that these figures are much lower than the real ones.

Source: Observador

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