Ukrainian military leave Mariupol (archive photo) Ukraine achieved the release of 144 of its servicemen from Russian captivity prisoners of war since the beginning of the Russian invasion, having secured the release of 144 of its servicemen, including 95 people who defended Azovstal in Mariupol.
Ukrainian military intelligence reported this.
Most of those subject to exchange Ukrainian soldiers were seriously wounded. Many received gunshot and shrapnel wounds; many suffered blast injuries, burns, broken bones and limb amputations, the agency said in a Telegram statement.
Russia did not comment on the prisoner exchange, but the head of the puppet DNR said he had secured his release 144 prisoners.
“We handed over to Kyiv the same number of prisoners from the Ukrainian armed formations, most of whom were wounded,” he said.
Hundreds more Ukrainians are believed to be held DPR and Russia in eastern Ukraine, but their exact location is unknown.
In particular, Kyiv is concerned about the fate of hundreds of soldiers from the Azov regiment.
The exchange of prisoners included the transfer of 43 fighters « Azov”, which is a promising sign for Ukrainians who are hoping for the release of other soldiers from this unit.