Moscow says 55 Ukrainian soldiers exchange prisoners now in Russia

MOSCOW: Russia said on Thursday that 55 soldiers released in the largest prisoner exchange with Kiev since the start of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine are now in Russia.
“All soldiers were delivered to the territory of the Russian Federation by military transport aircraft and are located in the medical institutions of the Russian Defense Ministry,” the ministry said in a statement.
It said the released prisoners were “in mortal danger” while in captivity.
“They are receiving the necessary psychological and medical assistance,” he added.
The statement did not mention Victor Medvedchuka former Ukrainian MP accused of high treason and ally of President Vladimir Putin, also released in the exchange.
After the exchange announced Wednesday, Ukraine received 215 people, including fighters leading the defense of Mariupol’s Azovstal steel mill, which has become an icon of Ukrainian resistance.
Also in the communiqué, a daily briefing by the Defense Ministry, Moscow accused Kiev of “provocations” to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine “aimed at creating a threat of a man-made disaster”.
He said that in the past 24 hours, Ukraine has repeatedly bombed the nearby city of Energodar and the area near the power plant, Europe’s largest nuclear facility, adding that radiation levels were “normal”.
The plant has been a hot spot for concerns of a nuclear accident following tit-for-tat claims of attacks there.