Russia and Ukraine Conduct Large-Scale Prisoner Exchange Following Recent Airplane Incident

Russia and Ukraine have conducted a significant prisoner exchange that involved the swap of hundreds of detainees between the two nations. This exchange is the first since a controversial incident involving a downed plane that reportedly carried Ukrainian soldiers. Both countries have acknowledged the exchange, with Ukraine stating that 207 of its servicemen were returned, while Russia claims 195. The exchange was facilitated with the help of the United Arab Emirates and involved intricate negotiations between the warring countries.

  • Ukraine and Russia have exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war.
  • Ukraine reports the return of 207 Ukrainian servicemen, while Russia reports 195.
  • Many of the returned prisoners had been held for months or up to two years.
  • Footage shows the released servicemen celebrating their return to Ukrainian soil.
  • The United Arab Emirates played a role in facilitating the prisoner exchange.
  • The Red Cross was involved in the physical handover of the prisoners.
  • This swap is the 50th since the beginning of the full-scale invasion.
  • There was a previous plan for a prisoner swap a week ago, which coincided with a Russian military plane crash near the Ukrainian border.
  • Russia claims the plane was shot down by Ukraine with a Patriot missile, but no proof has been provided; Ukraine calls for an investigation.

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