Ten foreigners held captive by separatists in eastern Ukraine are released. They escape show trials and the threat of the death penalty. British Prime Minister Truss thanks a rare mediator.
Russian-controlled separatists in eastern Ukraine have released 10 captured foreigners, including five Britons. Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said the man was brought to the kingdom from Russia. Your trip home will be organized from there. Other freedmen came from America, Morocco, Sweden and Croatia.
UK Prime Minister Liz Truss said on Twitter: “Very welcome news.” This ended months of uncertainty and suffering for those affected and their families. Among those released was his 28-year-old Briton, who was sentenced to death as a mercenary in a show trial, according to Health Secretary Robert Jenrick.
Britons who died in captivity
A second Briton convicted at the time was also released, according to BBC information. A show trial was also initiated against his three other men, two of whom were volunteer combatants and one of whom was a humanitarian aid worker. British man dies in Donetsk separatist captivity. The body he was handed over to Ukraine in early September showed signs of torture, according to Kyiv.
The Truss thanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his efforts and Saudi Arabia’s support. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly mediated the matter. “Russia must stop the ruthless exploitation of prisoners of war and civilian prisoners of war for political purposes,” Truss demanded.
The release is said to be part of a larger prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine. US citizens Alexander Druke and Andy Huynh are said to be among the returnees, citing family members, according to US media. A man from the US state of Alabama was captured in June during fighting in eastern Ukraine. They had joined the Ukrainian army in their fight against the Russian invaders.