The Russian Federation and Ukraine held an exchange of prisoners. Turkish President Erdogan called it “an important step towards peace” and noted that the exchange was facilitated by Vladimir Putin and Vladimir Zelensky.
As part of the exchange, Kyiv handed over 50 prisoners to Moscow. Among others, Viktor Medvedchuk, former people’s deputy and leader of the Ukrainian Choice movement. Ukraine received 215 prisoners. Among them are the commanders of the Azov battalion, recognized in the Russian Federation as a terrorist organization and banned. claims Anadolu on Thursday 22 September.
The Russian side has not yet commented on the exchange.
Viktor Medvedchuk is an opposition politician, People’s Deputy of Ukraine of the ninth convocation since August 29, 2019. He is the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party and the leader of the Ukrainian Choice public movement.
On April 12, Ukrainian special services detained Medvedchuk. The Ukrainian authorities accused him of pro-Russian views and lobbying for the interests of Moscow. He was on trial for subversion against Ukraine.
He is also credited with collecting information about the locations of Ukrainian troops, conducting combat training events, as well as involving citizens in activities to destabilize the socio-political situation in Ukraine.
UKRAINIAN PARADITIONAL NATIONALIST ASSOCIATION “AZOV” (BATALION “AZOV”; REGIMENT “AZOV”) – an individual or organization recognized as terrorist and banned in Russia; an individual or organization recognized as extremist and banned in Russia;