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Ukraine thanks Türkiye for support in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap

Ukraine on late Wednesday thanked Türkiye for its role in a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, hours after the Turkish president announced the swap.

“We are bringing our people home. The exchange has just finished. Today we have 215 pieces of good news. 215!” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a fresh video address.

He said they included five Ukrainian commanders “for whom we had to carry out the biggest, the longest, the most difficult fight. They were threatened with the worst. Five superheroes.”

“Ukraine agreed with Türkiye – I spoke about this with (Turkish) President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan – that our five commanders who are being released from captivity will be in complete safety, in comfortable conditions and under the personal protection of the President of Türkiye until the end of the war. But we will provide the opportunity for their families to see them,” said Zelenskyy.

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