Ukraine’s president: freeing of war prisoners is under way

Russia-backed rebels ride on an armored vehicle in Debaltseve, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s president says the freeing of soldiers who were held captive by rebels is under way.

Petro Poroshenko said on his Twitter account Saturday evening that he was informed the process had begun by the national security service.

“In the near time, 140 of our heroes will be free,” he wrote.

He didn’t specify where the release was taking place or how many captive rebels might be exchanged.


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