Russia and Ukraine have swapped prisoners of war according to the 50-50 formula, head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andrii Yermak, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk “people’s republic” Denis Pushilin, and Russia’s Defence Ministry all say.
The Russian Defence Ministry and Pushilin commented only on the fact of a prisoner swap taking place and the number of Russian soldiers returned home. According to Pushilin, they “give mostly the [Ukrainian Armed Forces’] soldiers back to Ukraine”.
Yermak says that Ukraine brought back home 20 National Guard fighters, 10 soldiers of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, 12 marines, six border guards, and two territorial defence fighters. Among them, there are 19 defenders of Mariupol, 12 of which had been evacuated from Azovstal steelworks, as well as 15 prisoners captured at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, and seven people captured on Zmiinyi Island.
Yesterday, 23 November, Russia and Ukraine exchanged 35 prisoners each. On 11 November, Yermak reported that 45 servicemen of Ukraine’s Armed Forces had been returned to Ukraine following a POW swap with Russia. The day before, on 10 November, head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk “people’s republic” (“LPR”) Leonid Pasechnik announced that 35 soldiers of the “LPR People’s Militia” had been returned home.