Ukraine and Russia exchanged prisoners of war again. Andrey Germak, the head of the presidential office in Kyiv, posted this on Twitter on Wednesday.
36 soldiers, 6 officers and civilians were delivered to Ukraine. The Russian Defense Ministry said it had recovered 40 soldiers. They are already on a plane to Moscow.
No negotiation point
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, about 2,300 Ukrainian prisoners of war have been delivered to Ukraine. The numbers for Russians are less clear. In any case, the exchange of prisoners of war is the only area in which Russia and Ukraine are still negotiating regularly.
look. Ukrainian prisoners of war are released in an Easter prisoner exchange
On the occasion of Orthodox Easter this month, a large group of 130 Ukrainian prisoners of war was released and returned home. Then Germak posted photos of dozens of released men with the Ukrainian flag. Also today, the head of the presidential office released photos of those released.
Last week, Ukraine’s human rights commissioner reported that his country had “dozens” of videos of executions and torture of its citizens in Russian captivity. In an interview with Ukrajinska Pravda, Human Rights Commissioner Dmytro Lubenev accused the Kremlin of systematically violating the Geneva Conventions. That treaty protects prisoners of war, but the videos allegedly show images of “beheadings, cutting off of genitals, ears, noses, limbs, and fingers.” Many of the perpetrators in the photos are said to have already been identified. At least one of them was killed in combat.
A week ago, a video went viral on social media showing a man in a Russian military uniform beheading a suspected Ukrainian prisoner of war. Such pictures have been circulating on the Internet for some time, including pictures of Russian victims. The United Nations has identified violations on both sides of the conflict.
See also. Emotional photos: A Ukrainian soldier cries for his mother after his release
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