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Russia returned 116 prisoners of war to Ukraine as part of the latest prisoner exchange between the two countries. According to a high-ranking Ukrainian official

Head of Office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak Post by telegram Saturday to announce that “Another Great Prisoner Exchange” has taken place.

According to Russian media reports on Saturday, Ukraine has returned 63 Russian POWs after a “tough negotiation process”.

“We were able to bring back our 116 men. Mariupol defenders, Kherson partisans, snipers from the Bakhmut district and other heroes,” Yermak said in a Telegram post.

Ukraine also guarantees “Return the bodies of foreign volunteers.” Christopher Perry and Andrew BagshawAccording to Ermak

Parry and Bagshaw Both of them are British. Killed during a humanitarian mission in Soledar. eastern ukraine According to a statement by the Parry family on Jan. 24

Yermak said Ukraine had also recovered the body of Yevhen Kulyk, a Ukrainian volunteer soldier. “Which served in the French Foreign Legion and returned to defend Ukraine” after the Russian invasion began.

Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, reported on Saturday that “the 63 Russian soldiers released, including those with ‘The sensitive type’ whose exchange was facilitated by the mediation efforts of the UAE leaders.”

Soldiers have returned to Russian soil. and is receiving all necessary psychological and medical assistance. And there is an opportunity to contact relatives, RIA Novosti added.

Some background: On January 8, 100 soldiers was returned to their country As part of a prisoner exchange conducted by Russia and Ukraine at the time, Yermak promised not to. “Last exchange”, emphasizing Ukraine’s commitment to return “All our people”

Uliana Pavlova and Denis Lapin contributed reporting to this post.