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Ukraine exchange prisoners

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said that on the instructions of President Volodymyr Zelensky, Kiev has carried out a prisoner exchange with Moscow, in which 12 Ukrainian soldiers and 14 civilians will return home. It is not clear how many Russians will be released.

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Russia’s military operation in Ukraine began on February 24 (Artwork)

This is the third prisoner exchange since hostilities began, according to Reuters. Before that, according to Al JazeeraRussia and Ukraine had their first prisoner exchange on March 25, with 10 soldiers and 19 civilians.

Russia announced the launch of a “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24. Since then, many rounds of negotiations have taken place, but the two sides have not come to an agreement to end the conflict.

Before the April talks, Russia announced the withdrawal of its troops from the area near Kiev and shifted its focus to the east.

The United States and Western countries have imposed sweeping economic sanctions on Russia, and Moscow has also responded with countermeasures. The world energy market is greatly affected by the embargo on fossil fuel exports.

In the latest development, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kiev and pledged to support Ukraine with armored vehicles and anti-ship missiles.

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