In a prisoner exchange, a dog taken by Russian soldiers was returned to a Ukrainian servicewoman

In a prisoner exchange, a dog taken by Russian soldiers was returned to a Ukrainian servicewoman

In a New Year’s prisoner swap, a puppy kidnapped by Russian military while Ukrainian troops were held captive has been returned.

American Pit Bull Terrier Adik was taken from a Ukrainian servicewoman at Azovstal Iron and Steel Works in June
In June, the American Pit Bull Terrier Akin was apparently given as a ‘prize’ to Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, by a Ukrainian servicewoman.

As part of a New Year’s prisoner swap in which 140 Ukrainian troops were released from Russian custody, Akin is now back in Ukraine.

Akin was captured at the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works alongside his owner and Mariupol’s defenders.

In June, the American Pit Bull Terrier Akin was abducted from a Ukrainian servicewoman at the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works.

As part of a New Year’s prisoner swap in which 140 Ukrainian servicemen were liberated from Russia, relatives have now returned to Ukraine.

He was given to the special services before Yuriy Kovanov, a volunteer, presented him to Kadyrov.Adik has now returned to Ukraine, as part of a New Year prisoner swap in which 140 Ukrainian soldiers were freed from Russia

A tweet depicting Akin stated, “Ukraine needs everyone! A pit bull terrier that defended Mariupol alongside our soldiers was liberated from Russian captivity!’

In the prisoner exchange, which took place at an undisclosed location, around 200 Ukrainian and Russian soldiers were freed.

The faces of the Ukrainian soldiers as they celebrated their independence were captured on film.Adik was taken prisoner from Azovstal Iron and Steel Works, alongside his owner and defenders of Mariupol.

Today, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that Ukraine has released 82 Russian soldiers.

Akin was captured at the Azovstal Iron and Steel Works alongside his owner and Mariupol’s defenders.

A tweet depicting Akin stated, “Ukraine needs everyone! A pit bull terrier that defended Mariupol alongside our men was liberated from Russian captivity!

Akin was given to the special services before volunteer Yuriy Kovanov presented him as a ‘trophy’ to Ramzan Kadyrov (left).

Andriy Yermak, the chief of staff to the Ukrainian president, stated that Russia has returned 140 Ukrainian service members.

According to the Telegram channel Yermak, 132 men and eight women among the released Ukrainian military had defended the Black Sea port city of Mariupol and Snake Island. Several of them had been injured during the conflict.A tweet with a picture of Adik read: 'Ukraine needs everyone! A pit bull terrier, who was defending Mariupol together with our soldiers, was released from RuZZsian captivity!

Despite a complete breakdown in broader diplomatic negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv, the two sides have exchanged hundreds of seized soldiers in multiple rounds of prisoner swaps over the past few months.

Saturday, the Ukrainian military soldiers clad in military fatigues exited a succession of buses at an unannounced site.Akin was handed to the special services before volunteer Yuriy Kovanov gifted him to Ramzan Kadyrov (left) as a 'trophy'

The now-free troops embraced their loved ones upon their release as war prisoners today.

As they stepped off the buses and into freedom, the troops yelled “Glory to Ukraine!” and several of them lifted their fists in triumph.

As they were greeted by loved ones and Ukrainian officials, whose white tote bags looked to hold crucial supplies and papers, their faces lit up with joy.

They then posed for a photograph while holding a variety of Ukrainian flags. Again, they sang “Glory to Ukraine!” and applauded and cheered in unison.

 

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