Russia and Ukraine exchange 100 prisoners each after UAE mediation

Published February 9, 2024
President Zelenskyy says a total of 3,135 Ukrainians were freed from Russian captivity and hopes exchanges continue.

Russia and Ukraine have exchanged 100 prisoners of war (POWs) each following mediation by the United Arab Emirates.

In announcing the exchange as a “success”, the Gulf nation’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday that it was its third mediation effort between Moscow and Kyiv since December as it called for dialogue and de-escalation.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said his country “will make every effort to continue prisoner exchanges”, in a Friday post on X.



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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the Security Council via video link at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, December 22, 2023. Mikhail Klimentyev | Sputnik | Reuters
Published February 9, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed Moscow has no interest in expanding the war beyond Ukraine to the likes of Poland and Latvia.

Putin made the comments in a two-hour interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson and spoke in Russian, with Carlson’s team providing the translation.

CNBC has not been provided any details about the circumstances under which the interview was recorded.

Elsewhere, Ukrainian President Volodymy Zelenskyy announced a new top team for the Ukrainian Armed forces, fueling speculation that the conflict will take a new direction.

The United Arab Emirates announced on Thursday that it had mediated an exchange of 100 prisoners of war between Russia and Ukraine.



RELATED: Russia, Ukraine Conduct Another Exchange Of POWs

Ukrainian prisoners of war react after a swap at an undisclosed location in Ukraine on February 8.
Published February 9, 2024

Russia and Ukraine on February 8 exchanged 100 prisoners of war each after mediation efforts by the United Arab Emirates.

The Russian Defense Ministry said the exchange was conducted under a “100-to-100” formula and mentioned the U.A.E.’s “humanitarian mediation.” The ministry said on Telegram that the returning soldiers would undergo medical examinations in Moscow.

A Defense Ministry video posted on Telegram showed soldiers boarding a bus and chatting with each other and making calls on cell phones.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy also released details of the exchange on Telegram.

“Another 100 Ukrainians are at home in Ukraine,” Zelenskiy said and posted photographs of men wrapped in Ukrainian flags.

Zelenskiy described the returning POWs as members of the National Guard, the border guard service, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine.




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