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Saudi Prince in major Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been reported to be in a major prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia.

The Bloomberg reported on Friday, that Russian billionaire oligarch Roman Abramovich met with the Crown Prince in late August in a meeting that ultimately led to the swap.

In a major prisoner swap announced on Thursday, Ukraine handed over 55 captives, including pro-Russian tycoon Viktor Medvedchuk, while, Russia turned over 215 Ukrainians, the majority of whom fought to defend the Azovstal steel plant in the besieged city of Mariupol.

Among the prisoners handed back by Russia were 10 non-Ukrainians, 5 Britons, 2 Americans, a Moroccan, a Croat, and a Swede.

In tweets sent on Thursday, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry thanked Saudi Arabia for playing an essential role in negotiations to free the 10 foreign prisoners, who were flown to Riyadh after their release.

Saudi Arabia also confirmed that Mohammed Bin Salman had been involved in mediation efforts that led to the release of the overseas prisoners but did not give further details on the process.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas, Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu