ISW names Russia's motives for POW exchange
High-ranking Russian officials may be interested in portraying Russia as a country that adheres to humanitarian and other legal principles
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) states this in a report dated January 3.
The ISW also notes that the desire to launch a new information campaign may be related to the fact that over the past few weeks, there have been a series of incidents in which Russian troops have used Ukrainian-captured soldiers and officers to commit clear violations of the Geneva Convention relative to prisoners of war, including using them in active hostilities as human shields, executing them, etc.
That's why choosing the right time for an exchange can be part of a new information campaign.
- On January 3, Ukraine managed to return 230 soldiers and civilians from Russian captivity. The exchange took place with the involvement of the United Arab Emirates. The Russian side said it had returned 248 people.