Russia and Ukraine carried out a prisoner exchange Thursday with 100 soldiers in total returning to their respective home countries.
According to Russian and Ukrainian officials, each side returned 50 captive soldiers following negotiations.
“On November 24, as a result of the negotiation process, 50 Russian servicemen were returned from the territory controlled by the Kyiv regime, who were in mortal danger in captivity,” the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.
The soldiers will be taken to Moscow for treatment and provided with the “necessary medical and psychological assistance,” it added.
According to the office of the President of Ukraine, Andrii Yermak, two officers were among 50 returned soldiers who were captured in battles in Mariupol, Azovstal, Chernobyl power plant and Snake Island.
“We continue to work on the release of all our people from captivity. I am grateful for the work of the Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War. We will return everyone,” he said in a statement.
Over the past two days, 86 Ukrainian service members have been returned and a total of 1,269 people have been released over the course of the Russian invasion, he added.