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Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexander Fomin at a briefing for foreign military attaches said that since the beginning of the war, Russia and Ukraine have carried out 27 operations to exchange prisoners of war and the bodies of dead servicemen, RIA Novosti writes.
Since the beginning of the war, the Russian side has rarely commented on the exchange of prisoners. So, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation at official briefings only once – on June 30 – mentioned about the exchange. In turn, the Ukrainian side has repeatedly reported on the exchanges.
The Deputy Minister said that the dialogue between Moscow and Kyiv was established with the participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Fomin added that the Russian Defense Ministry has a medical commission for examining sick and wounded prisoners of war, which works in accordance with the recommendations and principles based on the Geneva Convention. According to the decision of this commission, 18 people were transferred to Ukraine, the deputy minister said.
The first “full-fledged” exchange of prisoners of war between Russia and Ukraine took place on March 24 according to the “10 for 10” formula. Previously was held the exchange of nine Russian prisoners for the mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov. The last exchange of prisoners of war took place on June 29 according to the formula “144 to 144”. Most of the Ukrainian prisoners are the defenders of Azovstal.
The first official exchange of bodies of the dead took place on June 2. Then an agreement was reached on the exchange of “160 for 160”. Since then, the parties have exchanged the dead several times. Last exchange took place 26 July.
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