Russia releases 10 foreigners captured in Ukraine after Saudi mediation, Riyadh says

Russia releases 10 foreigners captured in Ukraine after Saudi mediation, Riyadh says

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RIYADH, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Russia launched 10 overseas prisoners of struggle captured in Ukraine on Wednesday after mediation by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi Overseas Ministry stated.

The launched prisoners have been US, British, Croatian, Moroccan and Swedish residents, the ministry stated in an announcement, including {that a} aircraft carrying the prisoners landed within the kingdom.

“The related Saudi authorities obtained and transferred them from Russia to the dominion and are facilitating the procedures for his or her respective nations,” the assertion stated.

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The ministry didn’t establish the prisoners. A Saudi official stated there have been 5 Britons, two Individuals, a Croat, a Moroccan and a Swedish citizen.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss hailed the discharge of the British residents on Twitter as “very welcome information” after “months of uncertainty and struggling for them and their households.”

British lawmaker Robert Jenrick stated Aiden Aslin was amongst these launched. He was captured earlier this yr and later sentenced to loss of life by a courtroom within the self-proclaimed Donetsk Individuals’s Republic (DPR), considered one of Russia’s proxies in japanese Ukraine.

Russia has additionally launched US residents Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, a household consultant advised Reuters on Wednesday. learn extra

The 2, each from Alabama, have been captured in June whereas combating in japanese Ukraine, the place they went to help Ukrainian troops resisting the Russian invasion.

Numerous foreigners have traveled to Ukraine to battle because the Russian invasion on February 24. A few of them have been captured by Russian forces, together with different foreigners within the nation who say they weren’t combatants.

Reuters couldn’t instantly set up whether or not the launched group included Britons Shaun Pinner and Moroccan-born Brahim Saadoun, who have been additionally captured and sentenced to loss of life in Donetsk.

A Swedish citizen, captured within the port metropolis of Mariupol and going through a doable loss of life sentence below DPR legal guidelines, was amongst these launched, Swedish Overseas Minister Ann Linde confirmed.

“I can verify that the Swede who was detained in Could by Russian forces is free and on his strategy to Sweden,” Linde advised the Swedish information company TT on the sidelines of the United Nations Basic Meeting in New York.

Prince Mohammed has maintained shut ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, together with inside the OPEC+ group of oil producers, regardless of robust strain from Washington, Riyadh’s conventional ally, to isolate Russia.

Each Ukrainian and Russian forces have captured a whole bunch of enemy fighters because the begin of the battle, and a few prisoner swaps have taken place.

The top of the UN human rights mission in Ukraine stated earlier this month that Russia was not permitting entry to prisoners of struggle, including that the UN had proof that some had been subjected to torture and ill-treatment that might represent struggle crimes. learn extra

Russia denies torture or different types of mistreatment of prisoners of struggle.

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Info from Aziz El Yaakoubi; extra reporting by Niklas Pollard in Stockholm; Edited by Frank Jack Daniel and Cynthia Osterman

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