Ukraine announced the exchange of prisoners, including Mariupol militants

According to her, like most other prisoners, her husband is being held in a pre-trial detention center in Olenevka in the Russian-occupied part of the Donetsk region. She spoke to him 10 days ago.

The two developed a secret code that he could use in case he was captured and something went wrong. “He didn’t signal,” she said.

“He said it was all right,” she said, but she knew it wasn’t. “I saw that everything was wrong,” she said. “Many of his friends died. His commander was killed.”

According to the head of military intelligence of Ukraine Kirill Budanov, the exchange included a husband and wife, both soldiers of the Azov regiment. The husband was taken prisoner at Azovstal. His wife had been captured earlier elsewhere. They have two children.

“Children lived without parents. Budanov said. “We insisted that the Russians hand them over.”

The commanders of the Azov Regiment and the Marine Corps who fought on the Azovstal have been transferred to Moscow, where they are held in the infamous Lefortovo prison. Budanov. He said that among the detainees were Lieutenant V. Colonel Denis Prokopenko, commander of the Azov regiment at Azovstal, and Captain Svyatoslav Palamar, his deputy, along with a major. Sergei Volyn, commander of the 36th Marine Brigade.

mr. Pushilin, head of Russian puppet forces in the Donetsk region, said some of the soldiers handed over to Kyiv were members of “nationalist battalions” and were in very poor condition. “They have severe injuries, some have amputated limbs and other complications,” he said.

Alexander Chubko provided a report from Kyiv, Ukraine.