• 21/06/2024 16:09

The Main Intelligence Directorate confirmed that an exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and the Russian Federation was being prepared today

The planned exchange did not take place, but intelligence has no information about the presence of Ukrainian prisoners on board the Russian IL-76 aircraft.

The GUR confirmed – today an exchange of prisoners between Ukraine was being prepared >Today, January 24, an exchange of prisoners was supposed to take place between Russia and Ukraine, however, according to the Russian side, the exchange failed as a result of the downing of the Russian Il-76 plane, which was allegedly transporting our prisoners. The Main Intelligence Directorate does not have information about the presence of Ukrainian prisoners on board the Russian IL-76 aircraft.</p>
<p>This was reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.</p>
<p>“Currently we do not have reliable and comprehensive information about who exactly was on board the plane and in what quantity. For its part, Ukraine has fulfilled all agreements for preparation exchange. Russian captured military personnel were delivered on time to the agreed point for exchange, where they were safe,” the statement from the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense said. </p>
<p>According to the agreements, the safety of Ukrainian defenders must be ensured by the Russian side. </p>
<p>According to the Main Intelligence Directorate, the Ukrainian side was informed of the need to ensure the security of the airspace in the Belgorod area for a certain period of time, as was repeatedly done during preliminary exchanges.</p>
<p>“Ukraine was not informed about the number of vehicles, routes and forms of delivery of prisoners. It is known that the delivery of prisoners occurs both by air, rail and road transport. This may indicate deliberate actions by Russia aimed at creating a threat to the life and safety of prisoners “, the GUR noted in the statement. </p>
<p>“The landing of a transport aircraft in a 30-kilometer combat zone cannot be safe and in any case should be discussed by both parties, because otherwise it jeopardizes the entire exchange process. Based on this, we can talk about planned and deliberate actions of the Russian Federation with the purpose of destabilizing the situation in Ukraine and weakening international support for our state,” intelligence officials add.</p>
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<li>The Coordination Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners collects and analyzes data released by Russian propagandists that there is an Il-76 on board , which crashed in the Belgorod region, allegedly could have been Ukrainian prisoners of war. Regarding the publication of official statements or comments by authorized persons or bodies, the headquarters called on the media and citizens to refrain from disseminating unverified information. The headquarters asks you to trust only official sources.</li>
<li>Russian propagandists wrote that they allegedly could have been captured on board the Il-76, who then deleted this information.</li>
<li>In official statements of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine it is said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will continue to carry out measures to destroy delivery vehicles and control airspace in order to avoid the terrorist threat, in particular in the Belgorod-Kharkov direction.</li>
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