Soldiers freed in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap, Moscow ready to use all kinds of weapons to respond to Ukraine’s attack on Russia

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Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian President's Office

Xinhua News

5th February 2023 – (Kyiv) Dozens of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers have been freed following a latest prisoner swap, officials from both sides confirmed on Saturday.

Andriy Yermak, head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, said in a Telegram post that 116 Ukrainians returned home, whereas Russia’s state news agency TASS said that 63 Russian servicemen were released.

Yermak also said that Russia returned to Ukraine the bodies of two British voluntary aid workers, and a volunteer soldier from Ukraine’s International Legion.

Moscow is ready to use all kinds of weapons to respond to Ukraine’s attack on Russia, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.

“Our response can be anything,” Medvedev said in response to a corresponding question.

He added that the response would be swift, hard and convincing, in accordance with Russia’s doctrinal documents, including the country’s state policy on nuclear deterrence.