Ukraine: Azovstal commanders among 215 soldiers released in prisoner exchange with Russia | News | DW

Ukraine announced the release of 215 imprisoned soldiers and 10 foreigners from Russia on Thursday.

The soliders were released in exchange for 55 Russian prisoners, as well as Victor Medvedchuck, leader of the banned pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. Among the released were fighters who led the defense of Mariupol’s Azovstal’s steelworks, an act that has been hailed as an icon of Ukrainian resistance. 

“We have managed to liberate 215 people,” the Ukraine presidency’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak announced on television. He went on to say that commanders of the Azov battalion were included in those released. 

The Azov regiment is a unit of the National Guard of Ukraine. It gained attention fighting pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas region since 2014.

Victor Medvedchuck,…

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