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POW swap with Russia is now on hold — Kyiv

Andriy Yusov
Andriy Yusov

Ukraine was indeed preparing for a POW exchange with Russia on Jan. 24, but after Moscow claimed that the Ukrainian prisoners were onboard the downed Il-76 military aircraft, the swap is now in limbo, Ukrainian Defense Intelligence spokesman Andriy Yusov told RFE/RL.

"I can confirm that the exchange planned for today is not currently taking place," Yusov said.

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He added that Ukrainian intelligence is now investigating Russia's claim that Ukrainian POWs were supposedly aboard the IL-76 aircraft that crashed in Belgorod Oblast.

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The Coordination HQ for the Treatment of Prisoners of War and Ukraine’s parliamentary Human Rights Commissioner are also analyzing the situation.

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Ukraine’s Defense Ministry told NV that they cannot confirm any involvement in the downing of the IL-76, nor the reports that Ukrainian POWs were on board.

Sources in the Ukrainian military said that the IL-76 was carrying S-300 missiles that Russia uses to attack neighboring Kharkiv several times a day.

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