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10 POWs, including 2 Americans, released from Russia in exchange with Ukraine

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) — Ten prisoners of war from countries including the United States and Britain have been transferred to Saudi Arabia as part of an exchange between Russia and Ukraine, Saudi officilals said Wednesday.

The group includes five British nationals, two Americans, and one each from Morocco, Sweden, and Croatia, according to a Saudi official briefed on the operation.

The Saudi statement said they had arrived in the kingdom from Russia and that Saudi authorities were “facilitating procedures for their safe return to their respective countries.”

British Prime Minister Liz Truss said the release of the Britons was “hugely welcome news… ending months of uncertainty and suffering for them and their families.”

Truss said they had been “held by Russian-backed proxies in eastern Ukraine,” and thanked both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Saudi Arabia for helping free them.

MP Robert Jenrick on Twitter identified one of the British detainees as “my constituent” Aiden Aslin, who had been sentenced to death in June as an alleged mercenary after being captured by pro-Russian separatists.

Jenrick said the British detainees were “on their way back to the UK” and that Aslin’s family “could finally be at........

© The Times of Israel

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