The exchange of prisoners took place in several stages and at different places. 200 of the 215 Ukrainian defenders were exchanged for Putin’s godfather, former People’s Deputy of the People’s Party of Ukraine Viktor Medvedchuk.
“From the beginning, we were offered to fire 50 of our men in exchange for one of those who were in the remand center of the SBU. We talked, insisted and the number of 50 increased to 200,” said said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
5 more hero-commanders of “Azovstal” were exchanged for 55 Russian prisoners. These are our defenders Sergey Volynsky (Volyn), Denys Prokopenko (Radis), Denys Shlega, Oleg Khomenko (Azov) and Svyatoslav Palamar (Kalyna).
“I would like to thank all the defenders of Ukraine, who at this very moment, on this very day, at this very moment, are carrying out their duties at combat posts, who are fighting for our Ukraine,” said Svyatoslav Palamar, released from captivity, deputy commander of the “Azov” regiment of the National Guard of Ukraine.
The dismissal of 5 “Azov” commanders is the result of personal agreements between Zelenskyi and Erdogan. Now these soldiers are in Turkey under the personal guarantee of the President of Turkey.
Through the Prince of Saudi Arabia, 10 foreigners who fought for Ukraine were also released from Russian captivity. Among them are Britons Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, who have been threatened with the death penalty in the self-proclaimed DPR.
Two other Ukrainian fighters facing execution were also fired. They are Konstantin Nikitenko (Fox) and Nikolai Kush (Frost).
The famous “Azovstala” photographer Dmitry Kazatsky (Orest), the commander of the 1st marine infantry battalion Evgeny Bova, the chairman of the Mariupol patrol police Mikhail Vershinin, the doctor Maryana Mamonova, who will soon become a mother, and the doctor Ekaterina Polishchuk), who is called “in the voice of” Azovstali “.
This exchange is a great victory for Ukraine, but several thousand Ukrainians remain captive to the Rashists.
“We remember all our people. And we try to save every Ukrainian. This is the meaning of Ukraine, our essence. And this is what distinguishes us from the enemy. We value every life and will certainly do everything to save all those who are in captivity,” Volodymyr Zelensky said.
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