The head of Chechnya said that he considers it unacceptable to exchange “criminals recognized as terrorists” for military personnel, and warned that for the fighters who participated in the battles in Mariupol, this could be a signal “not to take fascists prisoner”

Ramzan Kadyrov

The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, said in his telegram channel that he was dissatisfied with the exchange of prisoners of war that took place the day before. He emphasized that this is his personal position.

“I understand that at the top in the Ministry of Defense and the FSB it is much more visible, but I believe that criminals recognized as terrorists cannot be exchanged for servicemen. I would understand if there would be an equivalent exchange— soldier to soldier, agent to agent. We have a lot of prisoners of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, whom you change at least a hundred to one, they will still remain. We completed the exchange on Ukrainian terms. This is wrong, — Kadyrov said.

He stressed that he considers the transfer of even one fighter of the Azov battalion to be (recognized as an extremist organization and banned in Russia) is incorrect. Kadyrov recalled that it was the Azov people who took part in the hostilities in Mariupol. “And therefore it is not surprising that the fighters who liberated Mariupol and are now on the front line draw their conclusion— do not take fascists prisoner»,— said the head of Chechnya.

Moscow and Kyiv held an exchange of prisoners of war the night before with the mediation of Turkey. According to the Ukrainian authorities, 50 prisoners were extradited to Russia as part of the exchange, including a former MP, leader of the Ukrainian Choice movement; and businessman Viktor Medvedchuk, and Ukraine— 215. Among them were the commanders of the Azov battalion; Denis Prokopenko (“Radish”), Svyatoslav Palamara “Kalina”, photographer Dmitry “Orest” Cossack others. According to Volodymyr Zelensky, five Azov commanders will be in Turkey until the end of hostilities “under the personal guarantees of the Turkish President.”

The head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, confirmed that Medvedchuk, as well as 55 prisoners of war, were transferred to Russia as part of the exchange, and Ukraine— 215 prisoners. The Russian Defense Ministry said that 55 Russian, DPR and LPR troops were brought to Russia “as a result of a complex negotiation process.” In captivity, they were “threatened with mortal danger,” the department said.


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