Russia releases 10 foreign prisoners of war captured in Ukraine – including from US and Britain – ‘after mediation by Saudi Crown Prince’
- The list of newly released prisoners includes five British nationals, an official said
- Two Americans, one Swede, one Croat and one Moroccan were also released
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was reportedly involved in mediations
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Russia has released 10 foreign prisoners of war captured while fighting in Ukraine, according to a Saudi official.
The list of newly released prisoners includes five British nationals, two Americans, one Swede, one Croat and one Moroccan, the official stated, adding they were released following negotiations headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
A plane carrying the unidentified prisoners left Russia earlier today and landed in the Saudi capital Riyadh this afternoon.
They will soon be returned to their home countries, the Saudi Press Agency reported, citing sources familiar with the mediation.
The prisoners were captured on the frontlines in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region.
‘The release comes based on the priority given by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and in continuation of his commitment to the humanitarian initiatives towards the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. This also results from his continued engagement with the relevant countries,’ a statement from the Saudi ministry of foreign affairs read.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured) was involved in negotiations to release 10 foreign nationals captured in Ukraine from Russian prison, a Saudi official claimed