More than 100 women are freed in first all-female prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine 

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More than 100 women are freed in first all-female prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine

  • Ukraine performed the first all-female prisoner exchange of the war with Russia 
  • Images released by Kyiv showed dozens of women disembarking white buses 
  • The women are a mixture of servicewomen and civilians, Kyiv said in a statement

Ukraine swapped more than 100 prisoners with Russia in what it said was the first all-female exchange since the war began.

‘Another large-scale exchange of prisoners of war was carried out… we freed 108 women from captivity. It was the first all-female exchange,’ the Ukraine presidency’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, said on social media.

Mr Yermak said some of the Ukrainians exchanged were mothers and daughters who had been held together. 

Ukraine swapped more than 100 prisoners with Russia in what it said was the first all-female exchange since the war began

Ukraine swapped more than 100 prisoners with Russia in what it said was the first all-female exchange since the war began

Women released from Russian captivity within the framework of a large-scale exchange of prisoners, wear their national flag as they arrive to Ukraine

Women released from Russian captivity within the framework of a large-scale exchange of prisoners, wear their national flag as they arrive to Ukraine

A woman wrapped in a Ukrainian flag cries as she is hugged upon returning home

A woman wrapped in a Ukrainian flag cries as she is hugged upon returning home

Thirty-seven, he added, had surrendered at the Azovstal steel works in Mariupol.

Images released by Kyiv showed dozens of women disembarking from white buses. 

President Volodymyr Zelensky said ‘96 [swapped prisoners] are servicewomen, including 37 evacuees from Azovstal, and 12 are civilians’.

He added: ‘The more Russian prisoners we have, the sooner we will be able to free our heroes.’

Ukraine presidency¿s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, said some of the Ukrainians exchanged were mothers and daughters who had been held together

Ukraine presidency’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, said some of the Ukrainians exchanged were mothers and daughters who had been held together

Images released by Kyiv showed dozens of women disembarking from white buses

Images released by Kyiv showed dozens of women disembarking from white buses

Denis Pushilin, head of the breakaway region of Donetsk, said that out of 110 people agreed in the swap, two decided to stay in Russia

Denis Pushilin, head of the breakaway region of Donetsk, said that out of 110 people agreed in the swap, two decided to stay in Russia

Denis Pushilin, head of the breakaway region of Donetsk, said that out of 110 people agreed in the swap, two decided to stay in Russia. 

Moscow said that 72 people returned from Ukraine were crew of civilian ships held since February.

It said all those returned would be flown to Moscow and provided with medical and psychological assistance.

Mariupol, a port city on the Sea of Azov in southeastern Ukraine, withstood weeks of relentless Russian bombardment, with resistance concentrated in a dense network of underground tunnels at its Azovstal steel plant.

President Volodymyr Zelensky said ¿96 [swapped prisoners] are servicewomen, including 37 evacuees from Azovstal, and 12 are civilians¿

President Volodymyr Zelensky said ‘96 [swapped prisoners] are servicewomen, including 37 evacuees from Azovstal, and 12 are civilians’

Pictured: Two women with bouquets of flowers

Pictured: One woman breaks down in tears as she makes a phone call

Women rejoice as they are reunited with family and friends after the momentous prisoner swap

Women released from Russian captivity are hugged as they arrive to Ukrainian side in Zaporizhzhia, southeastern Ukraine

Women released from Russian captivity are hugged as they arrive to Ukrainian side in Zaporizhzhia, southeastern Ukraine



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