© Reuters. Ukrainian prisoners of battle (POWs) stroll after a swap, amid Russia’s assault on Ukraine, in an unknown location, Ukraine October 17, 2022. Head of Ukraine’s Presidential Workplace Andriy Yermak by way of Telegram/Handout by way of REUTERS
KYIV (Reuters) – Moscow and Kyiv on Monday carried out one of many largest prisoner swaps of the battle up to now, exchanging a complete of 218 detainees, together with 108 Ukrainian girls, officers from each side mentioned.
Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian president’s workers, mentioned there have been 12 civilians among the many freed girls.
“It was the primary fully feminine alternate,” he wrote on the Telegram messaging app, including that 37 of the ladies had been captured after Russian forces took the enormous Azovstal steelworks within the port metropolis of Mariupol in Might.
Individually, Ukraine’s inside ministry mentioned among the girls had been in jail since 2019 after being detained by pro-Moscow authorities in japanese areas. Earlier, the Russian-appointed head of one of many areas mentioned Kyiv was releasing 80 civilian sailors and 30 navy personnel.