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Russia releases 10 foreigners captured in Ukraine after Saudi mediation

After mediation by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Russia on Wednesday released 10 foreign prisoners of war captured in Ukraine, the Saudi foreign ministry said.

The list includes American, British, Croatian, Moroccan and Swedish nationals, the ministry said in a statement, after a plane carrying prisoners landed in the kingdom.

“The relevant Saudi authorities received them from Russia and transferred them to the kingdom and are facilitating procedures for their respective countries,” the statement said.

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The ministry did not identify the prisoners. A Saudi official said they were five British, two American, one Croatian, one Moroccan and one Swedish national.

Since the February 24 invasion of Russia, a large number of foreigners have traveled to Ukraine to fight. Some of them have been captured by Russian forces along with other foreigners in the country, who they say were not fighters.

Reuters could not immediately establish whether the released group included Britons Aiden Aslin and Sean Piner, and the Moroccan-born Brahim Sadoun, who was apprehended earlier this year and then a self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic of Russia (DPR). ) was sentenced to death by a court. Behind the scenes in Eastern Ukraine.

Prince Mohammed has maintained close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin within the framework of the OPEC oil-producing group, despite heavy pressure from Riyadh’s traditional ally Washington to isolate Russia.

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Both Ukrainian and Russian forces have captured hundreds of enemy fighters since the start of the conflict, with a handful of prisoner exchanges taking place.

The head of the UN human rights mission in Ukraine said earlier this month that Russia was not allowing access to prisoners of war, adding that the UN had evidence that some people were subjected to torture and abuse. which may amount to war crimes.

Russia denies torture or other forms of abuse on POWs.

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