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UAE says mediation efforts led to Russia, Ukraine swap of 100 prisoners each

Ukrainian POWs pose for a picture after a swap at an unknown location in Ukraine

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said it succeeded in mediating the release of 100 Russian prisoners of war in exchange for 100 war prisoners from the Ukrainian side.

Russia's Defence Ministry, in a post on the Telegram messaging app, noted the UAE's "humanitarian mediation", as did Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the Ukrainian body overseeing exchanges of POWs.

The UAE's foreign ministry said it is the third mediation effort between Russia and Ukraine this year adding that it is calling for diplomacy, dialogue, and de-escalation, state news agency WAM reported.

(Reporting by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Kim Coghill)