Russian servicemen released from Ukrainian captivity, transported to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian troops who were held captive in Ukraine have been transported to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation.

Russian troops who were held captive in Ukraine have been transported to Moscow for treatment and rehabilitation, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The ministry also stated that the released prisoners of war (POWs) received important and required medical and psychological assistance upon arrival in Moscow.

In an official announcement, the Defense Ministry revealed that the freed POWs (Prisoners of War) were airlifted to Moscow via Russian Air Force military transport aircraft. Once in Moscow, they were admitted to medical facilities operated by the Russian Defense Ministry to go through treatment and rehabilitation. The ministry stressed that thorough medical and psychological support is being provided to all individuals who were released.

A video released on the ministry’s official Telegram channel depicted the starting moments of the troops upon their return to the soil of Russia. In the video, one of the soldiers expressed gratitude for their safety and the warm welcome they received. “I cannot believe it; we are so glad to be safe and sound. These are our first hours on our native land. We got a great welcome here, they gave us new clothes, it’s nice that they were waiting for us,” the soldier asserted.

The exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine was made possible with the assistance of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which provided humanitarian mediation. The Defense Ministry also disclosed that 100 Russian servicemen were released from territory controlled by Kyiv, with an equivalent number of Ukrainian POWs (Prisoners of War) sent in return.

This current exchange follows the same one announced on January 31, during which 195 Russian servicemen were repatriated from Kiev-controlled territory, and almost 195 Ukrainian armed forces soldiers were returned to Ukraine in the exchange. These exchanges note the attempts by both Russia and Ukraine to address humanitarian concerns and fulfil obligations under global agreements.

The transportation of freed Russian troops to Moscow for medical treatment emphasizes the importance placed on their well-being and recovery by the government of Russia. The provision of medical care and rehabilitation services to the former captives showcases a commitment to supporting military personnel who have gone through challenging circumstances during their captivity.

As efforts towards prisoner exchanges continue, the engagement of international mediators such as the UAE emphasizes the complexity of the situation and the importance of diplomatic channels in solving conflicts and clearing the way for humanitarian initiatives.