Russia’s Ministry of Defence reports return of 82 captured soldiers

Russia’s Ministry of Defence has reported the return of 82 servicemen back from Ukrainian captivity following negotiations with Ukraine, Russia’s state news agency TASS writes.

The ministry clarifies that the liberated soldiers will be transported to Moscow “by military transport airplanes for further treatment and rehabilitation at healthcare facilities of Russian Defence Ministry.”

The Ukrainian side has not yet commented on the prisoner swap or the Russian ministry’s statement.

update 5:59 PM

Following a prison swap, 140 people have been returned to Ukraine, Andrii Yermak, Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, reports.

According to him, 132 men and 8 women came back to Ukraine, among them 22 officers and 118 regular soldiers.

“Among them, there are injured and defenders of Mariupol, Zmiinyi Island, territorial defence volunteers from [the city of] Slavutych, as well as our [soldiers] from the Bakhmut direction,” Yermak writes in a Telegram post.

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