Sixty-five soldiers and 10 civilians returned from Russian captivity in prisoner swap

Former Ukrainian prisoners released on May 31
Former Ukrainian prisoners released on May 31

Sixty-five soldiers and officers, and 10 civilians, including 5 women, have been returned from Russian captivity in the latest prisoner swap between Kyiv and Moscow, Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate (HUR) spokesperson Andriy Yusov said on national television on May 31.

“There was a long pause, and all this time the work did not stop, despite the manipulations, the information pressure and disinformation campaign that the enemy is waging against our society,” he said.

“We see that things are moving. We understand that 75 is very good news, but many more are still waiting for their return and will definitely be returned.”

Among those released in the 52nd prisoner exchange with Russia on May 31 were Army and National Guard soldiers, as well as border guards, including 19 defenders of Zmiiniy (Snake) island, 14 captured at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant (NPP), and 10 defenders of Mariupol and Azovstal.

Mariana Chechelyuk, an investigator from Mariupol, who had fled Russian shelling and taken shelter at Azovstal, was also among those released.

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The exchange also included the return to Ukraine of 212 bodies of fallen defenders.

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