The crown prince in the role of mediator
Separatists release foreign prisoners
In eastern Ukraine, ten foreigners are released from separatist captivity. They escape monster trials and the threat of the death penalty. British Prime Minister Truss thanks an unusual intermediary.
Russian-controlled separatists in eastern Ukraine have released 10 captured foreigners, including five Britons. The Saudi Foreign Ministry said the men were brought to the kingdom from Russia. From there, your trip home will be organized. Other releases came from the US, Morocco, Sweden and Croatia.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss tweeted “very welcome news”. This ended months of uncertainty and suffering for those affected and their families. Among those released was a 28-year-old Briton who had been sentenced to death for mercenary work, Health Minister Robert Jenrick said.
Briton died in captivity
According to the BBC, the second Briton convicted at the time was also released. A trial was also launched against three others, two of whom were volunteer fighters and one an aid worker. A Briton died in separatist captivity in Donetsk. The body was handed over to Ukraine in early September and, according to Kyiv, showed signs of torture.
Truss thanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his efforts and Saudi Arabia for its support. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly mediated the matter. “Russia must end the wanton exploitation of prisoners of war and civilian prisoners for political purposes,” Truss demanded.
The release was to be part of a larger prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine. According to American media citing families, American citizens Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh are said to be among the returnees. The men from the US state of Alabama were captured in June during fighting in eastern Ukraine. They joined the Ukrainian troops in the fight against the Russian invaders.