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Kyiv says 17 Ukrainians freed in prisoner exchange with Moscow

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Seventeen Ukrainians, mostly servicemen, have been freed in the latest prisoner exchange with Moscow, Ukrainian intelligence said on Tuesday.

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The main intelligence directorate of Ukraine’s defense ministry said two officers, 14 soldiers and one civilian were freed.

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Five of them are injured and require urgent treatment, it said in a post of Telegram.

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Ukraine released 15 Russian prisoners as part of the swap, it added.

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Several exchanges between Moscow and Kyiv have taken place since Russia invaded on February 24.

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The latest announced prisoner exchange took place in early May and involved 41 Ukrainian prisoners.

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In mid-June, the two countries exchanged the bodies of killed soldiers, with Ukraine receiving the bodies of 64 fighters who died defending the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.

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