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WAR IN UKRAINE: Video Of Brits, Americans And Others Released From Russian Captivity

This footage shows the five British nationals and two Americans, one Swede, one Croatian, and one Moroccan citizen who fought for Ukraine arriving in Saudi Arabia after being released by Russia.The video shows the released prisoners, including men who defended the 'Azovstal' plant in Mariupol, getting off the plane and being welcomed in the Saudi capital Riyadh.The footage was obtained from the Ukrainian Coordinating Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War on Wednesday, 21st September, along with a statement saying: "Ten defenders of Ukraine — foreign citizens of five states — were released from Russian captivity."The Ukrainian Coordinating Headquarters for the Treatment of Prisoners of War added that the "freed foreign defenders were delivered to Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 21st September."The soldiers were returned thanks to the efforts of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, the head of the Office of the President Andriy Yermak and the Coordination Staff for the Treatment of Prisoners of War with the assistance of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Muhammad bin Salman."Among the 10 freed defenders who were fighting side by side with Ukrainian soldiers against Russian aggression, six were fighting as part of the International Legion of the Armed Forces of the Ministry of Defence."Thus, together with more than 200 Ukrainian soldiers, five citizens of Great Britain, two citizens of the United States of America and one representative of Sweden, Croatia and Morocco were released."Among the freed heroes are soldiers and sailors, as well as a volunteer from Great Britain, Dylan Healy. Two of the 10 freed soldiers were wounded in the battles for Ukraine, and the Swede Mathias Gustavsson and the Englishman John Harding took part in the defence of Mariupol, defending 'Azovstal'."The Ukrainian authority listed the released British prisoners of war as follows: sailor Aiden Aslin, 28, marine Sean Pinner, 49, John Harding, defender of 'Azovstal', 59, Andrew James Hill, 36, and Dylan Healy, 22.The two US soldiers have been named as Oleksandr Dryuke, 39, and Andy Tai Huynh, 27. The Moroccan national has been named as Brahim Saadoun from Morocco, 22, while the soldier from Sweden is Mathias Gustavsson, a defender of 'Azovstal', 47, and Vekoslav Prebeg from Croatia, 40.The Ukrainian authority added: "It should be noted that the liberation of foreign soldiers from captivity took place within the framework of the largest exchange since the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation. Thanks to this, 215 Ukrainian defenders are returning home."Rehabilitation and adaptation await the freed heroes, they will receive the necessary treatment."Ukraine will continue to make every effort to free all our defenders from Russian captivity, regardless of their citizenship."Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February in what the Kremlin is still calling a "special military operation". Today marks the 211th day of the war.The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February and 22nd September, Russia had lost about 55,510 personnel, 2,236 tanks, 4,776 armoured combat vehicles, 1,341 artillery units, 318 multiple launch rocket systems, 169 air defence systems, 253 warplanes, 218 helicopters, 941 drones, 240 cruise missiles, 15 warships, 3,630 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 125 units of special equipment.Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has delivered a speech to the 77th Session of the United Nations’ General Assembly in New York calling on the international community to adopt a five-point plan to secure peace and security in Ukraine.This “formula for peace” includes setting up a special tribunal to punish Russia for its aggression and to punish others in the future. President Zelensky also said that the international community should temporarily strip Russia of its United Nations powers and continue its sanctions strategy.US President Joe Biden also made an impassioned speech in which he condemned Russia over its “overt nuclear threats against Europe”.President Biden labelled Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons “reckless” and “irresponsible” and called Russia’s planned annexation of more Ukrainian territory “an extremely significant violation” of the UN charter.President Biden also said: “The United States will always promote human rights and the values enshrined in the UN Charter in our own country and around the world. […] This institution, guided by the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is at its core an act of dauntless hope.”He added in his closing remarks: “My fellow leaders, the challenges we face today are great indeed, but our capacity is greater. Our commitment must be greater still. […] We’re not passive witnesses to
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