Mon. Sep 26th, 2022
MOSCOW: Russia said Thursday that 55 servicemen freed in the biggest prisoner swap with Kyiv since the start of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine are now in Russia.
“All servicemen have been sent to the territory of the Russian Federation by military transport aircraft and are in medical institutions of the Russian Defense Ministry,” the ministry said in a statement.
He said the released prisoners were “in mortal danger” while in captivity.
“They are receiving the necessary psychological and medical assistance,” he added.
The statement did not mention Viktor Medvedchuka former Ukrainian deputy charged with high treason and an ally of President Vladimir Putin, who was also freed in the swap.
Following the exchange announced on Wednesday, Ukraine received 215 people, including fighters who led the defense of Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks, which has become an icon of Ukrainian resistance.
Also in the statement, the Defense Ministry’s daily briefing, Moscow accused Kyiv of “provocations” in the Russian-held Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine “intended to create a threat of man-made disaster”.
He said that during the past 24 hours, Ukraine repeatedly shelled the nearby city of Energodar and the territory near the plant, Europe’s largest nuclear facility, adding that radiation levels were “normal.”
The plant has been a hot spot for concerns of a nuclear incident after tit-for-tat claims of attacks there.