June 29, 2022

Ukraine Ministry of Defense:  In prisoner exchange, Russia hands over 144 Ukrainian soldiers including 95 captured when Mariupol fell

Ukraine Defense Ministry

A large-scale exchange of prisoners took place, thanks to which 144 Ukrainian defenders returned home. Among them are 95 Azovstal defenders.

In the Volyn and Polissya areas, as part of the exercises, the military commissariats of the republic of belarus are inspecting the assigned composition and the possibility of mobilization in certain regions.

In the Siversky direction, the enemy continues to provide enhanced protection of the Ukrainian-russian border. In addition, the aggressor fired on civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Turya and Luhivka in the Sumy region. Inflicted an air strike on the settlement of Uhroidy.

In the Kharkiv direction, the enemy fired from tanks, mortars, barrel artillery and jet artillery at the settlements of Kharkiv, Bazaliyivka, Pryshyb, Shestakove, Ruska Lozova, Verkhniy Saltiv, Ivanivka, and Zamulivka.

In the Slovyansk direction, the enemy regroups troops and holds previously occupied frontiers. Shelling was recorded in the areas of Dolyna, Bohorodychne, Mykilske, Hrushuvakha and Dovhenke settlements. The occupiers also launched an air strike near Husarivka.

In the Donetsk direction, the enemy, with the support of artillery, tries to block the city of Lysychansk and take control of the section of the highway Lysychansk – Bakhmut. It fired on civilian and military infrastructure in the areas of the settlements of Lysychansk, Verkhnokamyanka, Siversk, and in an air strike on the area of the Lysychansk Oil Refinery. It supported sabotage and reconnaissance groups in the area of Verkhnyokamyanka to support the offensive. Ukrainian soldiers found and neutralized them. The remnants of the occupiers’ DRG left.

In the Kramatorsk direction, the enemy did not conduct active hostilities, firing artillery at the Tetyanivka area.

In the Bakhmut direction, the enemy fired at the positions of our troops with artillery of various calibers near Klinove, Rozdolivka, Vyimka and Ivano-Daryivka. It struck an air strike near the village of Vidrodzenna. It tried to improve the tactical situation in the area of the settlement of Spirne by offensive actions, was unsuccessful, and withdrew. Our soldiers neutralized the enemy’s sabotage and reconnaissance group near Berestove.

In the Avdiivka, Kurakhiv, Novopavliv and Zaporizhzhia directions, the enemy fired mortars, barrel and jet artillery at our positions in the areas of the settlements of Avdiivka, Vesele, Pavlivka, Bilohirya, Inzhenerne, Olhivske, Preobrazhenka, and Huliaipilske. In addition, the russian occupiers launched airstrikes on civilian infrastructure near Orikhove and Scherbaky.

In the South Buh direction, the enemy carried out systematic shelling of civilian and military infrastructure with barrel artillery and jet artillery, and regrouped troops.

In the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, the occupying power continues to carry out measures of the administrative-police regime. The collection of personal information of local residents, compulsory certification and ban on the population to enter the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities are underway.

Some units of the Armed Forces of the russian federation, which were withdrawn from the territory of Ukraine to regain combat capability, are not able to replenish their units in time due to the reluctance of personnel to take part in the war against Ukraine. Personnel who refused to take part in the war are released, there are attempts to prosecute such persons.

Our units continue to perform missile and artillery fire tasks in certain areas and beat the occupiers in close combat.

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