60 Ukrainian Soldiers Freed From Russian Captivity in Prisoner Exchange

In a prisoner swap, 60 Ukrainian and 60 Russian soldiers were returned to their respective homelands on Tuesday, December 6, after being released from captivity, officials said.

Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak said the 58 men and two women from the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the National Guard, and the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine – 15 officers and 45 privates and sergeants – returned home.

Yermak said 34 of the Ukrainian soldiers had fought to defend Mariupol, with 14 of those associated with the Azovstal steel plant. He said some were kept in Russian territory, while others were held in Olenivka in Donetsk Oblast.

Video released by Yermak shows the returned soldiers.

The Russian Ministry of Defense said 60 Russian soldiers were returned from Ukrainian captivity and released footage of the freed soldiers. The ministry said the released soldiers would be taken to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation in medical institutions. Credit: Andriy Yermak via Storyful