While the war between Russia and Ukraine gained a different dimension with the partial mobilization of Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday, a remarkable development took place last night.
300 POWERS EXCHANGED
Unexpectedly, Russia and Ukraine exchanged 300 prisoners of war, 10 of whom were foreign. Two Britons and a Moroccan, who were sentenced to death, were also released in the prisoner exchange, and 3 more Britons, two US Croats and a Swede were released.
TURKEY’S EFFORT FINALLY FULFILLED
While the timing and size of the prisoner exchange, which came hours after Putin announced partial mobilization yesterday morning, caused great surprise in the international community, it was also noted that this result was achieved as a result of Turkey’s mediation efforts.
215 UKRAINIAN CAPTAINS WILL BE FREEDOM
President of Ukraine, Zelenski, explained that the prisoner exchange took place with the help of Turkey and Saudi Arabia, adding that this issue has been on the agenda for a while and there have been tense talks. Under the agreement, it was announced that 215 Ukrainians, most of whom were captured by the fall of Mariupol, would be released.
“THIS IS A VICTORY FOR OUR COUNTRY”
In return, Ukraine decided to extradite 55 Russian citizens and Viktor Medvedchuk together with the pro-Moscow Ukrainians. The swap of Medvedçuk, who is the chairman of Putin’s ally Opposition Party for Life and accused of treason, drew attention in the international public opinion. “This is clearly a victory for our country and society as a whole. The important thing is that 215 families can see their loved ones safe and at home,” Zelenski said in a speech.
5 SENIOR UKRAINIAN COMMANDERS WILL STAY IN TURKEY
Zelenski also thanked President Erdogan. Zelenski also stated that 5 senior Ukrainian commanders from the Azov battalion will stay in Turkey until the end of the war. “We had a long and hard fight to free these five people,” Zelenski said. It was learned that these people were Denys Prokopenko, Svyatoslav Palamar, Serhiy Volynsky.