Joy And Tears As Freed Prisoners Arrive In Kyiv, Moscow

There were emotional scenes in Ukraine as prisoners freed as part of a prisoner swap with Russia arrived back in Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he hoped it marked a first step toward improved relations between the two countries. At the same time, Russians held in Ukraine returned to Moscow to a more low-key welcome.

Vyacheslav Zinchenko, a crew member of a Ukrainian naval ship that was seized by Russian security forces in November 2018, is greeted by his relatives in Kyiv.
Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who was jailed on terrorism charges in Russia, steps from a plane upon arrival in Kyiv. 
A freed Ukrainian prisoner is greeted by relatives upon arrival in Kyiv amid emotional scenes at Boryspil International Airport.
Reporters surround Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov as he hugs his daughter, Alina Sentsova, at Boryspil International Airport outside Kyiv.
Ukrainian director Oleh Sentsov walks past journalists with his daughter, Alina.
Dmitry Kiselyov (left), director of the Rossia Segodnya news agency, and freed Russian-Ukrainian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky (right) leave an airport outside Moscow after the exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kyiv.

(c) Radio Free Liberty

21 comments

  1. The bottom image says it all. Ukrainian hostages are met by the President. Russian scumbags are met by one of the biggest scumbag in Russia.

  2. Zel sends vermin and receives honourable, innocent people in return. Fair enough I suppose, but then he makes the fatuous comment that ‘he hoped it marked a first step toward improved relations between the two countries.’ As if it was all a misunderstanding with both sides at fault. What a fucking idiot! And where is that poor lad who was kidnapped in Belarus by goons working for putler?

  3. If anyone thinks this changes anything, it doesn’t. Here’s a statement from the Kremlin bike.

    A Russian Foreign Ministry statement welcoming the exchange touched on those difficulties, calling the war an “intra-Ukraine conflict.”

    “Obviously, the habit of blaming Russia for all the troubles of Ukraine should remain in the past,” the ministry statement said.

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