130 Ukrainian POWs Released in Prisoner Swap With Russia

One hundred and thirty Ukrainian prisoners were released by Russia on Tuesday, March 7, in a swap that also saw the release of 90 Russian POWs, according to both Ukrainian and Russian officials.

The head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Andrii Yermak, said the Ukrainian group of 130 service members included “many Mariupol defenders.”

Ukraine’s human-rights ombudsman Dmytro Lubinets said some had been captured during fighting in Bakhmut and the neighboring town of Soledar in Donetsk Oblast.

Footage released by Yermak shows the released prisoners lined up, some of them with Ukrainian flags wrapped around their shoulders.

The Russian Ministry of Defence said 90 Russian prisoners had been returned from Ukrainian captivity, and claimed they had been in mortal danger before their release. Credit: Andriy Yermak via Storyful