There was an exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia in the format of 140 to 82, respectively. Among the returned soldiers of Ukraine there are border guards and soldiers who were captured during the capture of Serpent Island by Russian forces and the fighting in Mariupol.
More than 80 freed Russian servicemen, who had been held captive in danger of death, are returning from kyiv-controlled territory after negotiations, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
“On December 31, as a result of the negotiation process, 82 Russian servicemen who were in danger of death in captivity were returned from kyiv-controlled territory,” the ministry said.
The Ministry of Defense detailed that the released soldiers would be transferred to Moscow by planes of the Military Transport Aviation of the Russian Air Force to undergo treatment and rehabilitation in the Army’s medical facilities. All those released will receive the necessary medical and psychological assistance.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24 the launch of a special military operation in Ukraine to defend the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, previously recognized by Moscow as sovereign states, against genocide by kyiv.
One of the fundamental objectives of the Putin operation defined it as the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine..