ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 149

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UAE-negotiated deal sees Russia, Ukraine each release 100 prisoners of war

In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, a Ukrainian prisoner of war reacts after a prisoner exchange at an undisclosed location in Ukraine, Thursday, February 8, 2024. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, a Ukrainian prisoner of war reacts after a prisoner exchange at an undisclosed location in Ukraine, Thursday, February 8, 2024. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

The United Arab Emirates says it succeeded in mediating the release of 100 Ukrainian prisoners of war in exchange for 100 war prisoners from the Russian side.

Russia’s Defense Ministry, in a post on the Telegram messaging app, notes the UAE’s “humanitarian mediation,” as did Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the Ukrainian body overseeing exchanges of POWs.

The UAE’s foreign ministry says it is the third mediation effort between Russia and Ukraine this year, adding that it is calling for diplomacy, dialogue and de-escalation, state news agency WAM reports.

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