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Erdogan: Russia, Ukraine swap 200 POWs under Türkiye’s mediation

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Erdogan: Russia, Ukraine swap 200 POWs under Türkiye's mediation

Prisoner exchange under Türkiye’s mediation is an “important step” toward ending the conflict between the two countries, says Turkish President Erdogan. Erdogan thanked his Russian and Ukrainian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy for their cooperation in the prisoner swap. (AA) Ukraine and Russia have exchanged more than 200 prisoners of war as a result of Türkiye's mediation and diplomatic traffic conducted with Russia and Ukraine's presidents, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced.

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Erdogan told reporters in New York City on Wednesday that the prisoner exchange under Türkiye's mediation was an “important step” towards ending the conflict between the two countries.

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“I would also like to thank all my friends who contributed to this process,” he said while thanking his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Erdogan said that Turkish efforts to establish peace between Russia and Ukraine continue

Separately, Ukraine also confirmed the exchange. 

A senior Ukrainian official said a record-high 215 imprisoned soldiers with Russia, including fighters who led the defence of Mariupol's Azovstal steelworks that became an icon of Ukrainian resistance, came home. 

“We have managed to liberate 215 people,” the Ukraine presidency's chief of staff Andriy Yermak announced on television

The exchange took place on Ukrainian soil except for five prisoners who were actually brought to Türkiye to be transferred to Ukraine, TRT World's Hasan Abdullah reporting from Ankara said

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