Security Service of Ukraine releases first video showing freed Ukrainian defenders

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022, 6:42 PM
The Security Service of Ukraine released footage of the September 21 prisoner exchange, when Ukrainian defenders were released.
Source: Security Service of Ukraine
Quote: “We want to show unique footage of how the prisoner exchange was carried out; the first and most sincere emotions of Ukrainian defenders who knew they would not be forgotten and would be taken home.”
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Details: As can be seen, the prisoner exchange took place in Chernihiv Oblast in northern Ukraine.
Earlier, Dmytro Lubinets, the Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman) of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament), reported that the September 21 prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia took place in three locations simultaneously. 200 Ukrainian defenders were exchanged for 55 Russian troops.
Background:
On September 21, Ukraine managed to release 215 Ukrainian defenders as part of the prisoner swap with Russia.
Among the detainees released are border guards, police officers, Marines, National Guardsmen, Territorial Defense Forces soldiers, customs officials and civilians. In addition, Denys “Redis” Prokopenko, Serhii “Volyna” Volynskyi, Sviatoslav Palamar, Denys Shleha, Oleh Khomenko [the commanders of the Azovstal Steel Plant] were also released. Mykola "Frost" Kushch and Kostiantyn "Fox" Nikitenko, who the occupiers wanted to execute, were also released.
5 commanders of Ukrainian units that defended Mariupol from Russians are currently in Turkey, under personal protection guarantees from President Recep Tayip Erdoğan.
Russia got back Viktor Medvedchuk, who has family ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and 55 Russian occupiers.
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