Five British POWs captured in Ukraine have been released

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Five British nationals held by Russian-backed forces have been safely returned, Prime Minister Liz Truss has said. The Prime Minister said it is “hugely welcome news”. They were being held by Russian-backed proxies in eastern Ukraine. 

Ms Truss said the move will bring an end to “months of uncertainty and suffering for them and their families”.

She thanked Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky “for his efforts to secure the release of detainees, and Saudi Arabia for their assistance”.

The Prime Minister added: “Russia must end the ruthless exploitation of prisoners of war and civilian detainees for political ends.”

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