Russia and Ukraine each exchange 50 prisoners of war

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Russia and Ukraine each exchanged 50 captured soldiers on Sunday in a deal both sides welcomed even as they fought one another in eastern Ukraine. Moscow said it carried out deadly missile strikes in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk that killed “more than 600 Ukrainian servicemen”, but Kyiv rejected the claim, while Reuters reported there were no obvious signs of casualties. Read FRANCE 24's liveblog to review the day's developments. All times are Paris time [GMT + 1].

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5:15pm: Kyiv rejects Moscow's claims of a deadly strike in Kramatorsk

Ukraine's armed forces rejected Russia's claims its army conducted a strike in the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk killing "more than 600 Ukrainian servicemen".

"This information is as true as the data that they have destroyed all of our HIMARS," Sergiy Cherevaty, spokesman for the Eastern group of the Ukrainian armed forces, told the Suspilne media outlet, referring to US-supplied rocket systems. He said Russia could not deliver high-precision strikes.

4:20pm: No sign of casualties at site of strikes Russia says killed hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers

Reuters reporters visited the two college dormitories Russia's defence ministry said had been temporarily housing Ukrainian servicemen close to the front line of the war in the Donbas city at the time of the overnight strike. Neither appeared to have been directly hit by missiles or seriously damaged. There were no obvious signs that soldiers had been living there and no sign of bodies or traces of blood.


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