Professional-Kremlin Ukrainian opposition politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who was captured again in April, is being exchanged with Russia as a part of a prisoner swap, in accordance with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Zelensky mentioned 200 Ukrainian prisoners had returned house in trade for Medvedchuk.
“At first, we had been provided to return 50 of our folks in trade for a kind of within the detention middle of the Safety Service of Ukraine. We talked. We insisted. The variety of 50 elevated to 200,” Zelensky mentioned throughout his nightly tackle.
Vasyl Maliuk, the appearing head of the Ukrainian safety service, mentioned Medvedchuk “is not only a godfather to Putin’s youngster, but additionally a documented by us as a traitor.”
“Furthermore, whereas engaged on the Medvedchuk case, we now have neutralized a number of agent networks, detained a number of traitors, and acquired numerous priceless data that we’re utilizing for counterintelligence and can deliver us nearer to our victory,” Maliuk added.
5 Ukrainian commanders had been included within the prisoner swap, as had been 55 prisoners to be despatched to Russia, in accordance with Zelensky.
It’s unclear whether or not the 55 prisoners are all Russians or pro-Russians, however Zelensky described them as folks “who fought in opposition to Ukraine, and people who betrayed Ukraine.”
In accordance with Andrii Yermak, head of the Workplace of the President of Ukraine, a complete of 215 prisoners of conflict have been launched as a part of an trade of POWs between Russia and Ukraine, together with ten overseas prisoners.
Yermak additionally mentioned 10 foreigners had been amongst these swapped.
“Based mostly on the requests of our worldwide companions, we now have additionally returned 10 overseas defenders of Ukraine. These are the representatives of these international locations, who help us essentially the most – america, Nice Britain, Croatia, Sweden and Morocco,” Yermak mentioned.
The pinnacle of the State Property Fund, Rustem Umerov, mentioned, “They’re protected and liberated from captivity. We’re at the moment within the Saudi Arabia capital – Riyadh. The additional protected switch is deliberate from right here to their international locations with our companions.” Yermak added.
The Coordinating Headquarters for the Therapy of Prisoners of Warfare (CHTPW), a authorities establishment beneath the Protection Intelligence, mentioned 5 British and two People are among the many ten overseas prisoners.
“It needs to be famous that the discharge of overseas troopers from captivity came about as a part of the most important trade because the full-scale invasion of Russia,” CHTPW mentioned Thursday.
“The liberated heroes are ready for rehabilitation and adaptation; they’ll obtain the required therapy,” CHTPW added.