Twenty-six Ukrainians were released from Russian captivity today as part of a detainee exchange.

Iryna Vereshchuk, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, said this in a statement on Telegram, Vigilant reports.

26 Ukrainians released from Russian captivity - Vereshchuk

“On the instructions of President [Volodymyr] Zelensky, the third prisoner exchange took place today. Twelve of our service members, including a female officer, are returning home,” she wrote.

According to Vereshchuk, 14 civilians, including nine women, were also released.

Vigilant reported earlier that 86 Ukrainian service members were released as part of a prisoner swap held in the Zaporizhia region on April 1.

A reminder that, on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin initiated a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, starting a war. Russian troops are shelling and destroying the key infrastructure facilities, launching missile and air strikes on residential areas in Ukrainian cities and villages, torturing and murdering civilians.