Russia and Ukraine exchanged prisoners of war.
According to Anadolu, Turkish President Relcep Erdogan called the decisions of Moscow and Kyiv “an important step towards peace” and thanked the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky, who, according to him, facilitated the exchange.
According to Kyiv, 50 people were handed over to Russia as part of the exchange, including Viktor Medvedchuk, former MP and leader of the Ukrainian Choice movement. Russian military correspondents report on the release of 87 prisoners.
According to DPR Deputy Information Minister Daniil Bezsonov, during the exchange, those captured in the Kharkov direction, as well as Russian military pilots, were released.
Ukraine, according to the Kyiv authorities, received 215 prisoners of war, among them the commanders of the Azov battalion (recognized as a terrorist organization in Russia and banned). On the night of September 22, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky announced that five commanders transferred by Russia would be in Turkey until the end of hostilities “under personal guarantees” of Erdogan.
The day before, on September 21, Reuters wrote that Saudi Arabia announced the release by Russia of ten foreigners taken prisoner in Ukraine. The exchange took place through the mediation of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. According to Al-Arabiya, among those released is Briton Aiden Aslin, who was sentenced to death in the DPR.
At the beginning of the week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking about a recent meeting with Vladimir Putin in Uzbekistan, reported that Russia and Ukraine had agreed to exchange 200 prisoners.
Viktor Medvedchuk headed the political council of the pro-Russian party Opposition Platform – For Life, which was liquidated by the decision of the Verkhovna Rada in May. At the end of February, after the start of the special operation, Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, announced that the politician had escaped from house arrest. In April, Vladimir Zelensky announced that Medvedchuk had been detained.