Zelensky visits Ukrainian province on the front

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the Mykolaiv province on Saturday, on the frontline of the conflict with Russian troops in the east of the country, in one of the first times he has left the capital, Kiev, since 24 of February.

The head of state discussed, with local authorities, the problems of repairing structures damaged as a result of the war, such as the water supply network water, according to a statement from the Ukrainian presidential office. In addition, Zelensky also discussed logistical issues, such as difficulties with this year’s harvest, the availability of grain storage centers, the creation of new transport routes, and the provision of machinery and fuel to farmers. On the other hand, he heard from military authorities in the province about threats by land, in particular from the breakaway region of Transnistria, in Moldova, and also from the Black Sea.

Zelesnky inspected the Mykolaiv regional administration building, which was hit in March 37 by a Russian missile, causing the death of 37 civilians, according to local authorities. “It is important to say now how to help the members of these families. We mustn’t forget about them,” the president said.

Two weeks ago, the head of state left Kiev for the first time since the beginning of the war for Kharkiv, in northeastern Ukraine. Since then, he has also been to the city of Zaporizhzhia, on the southern front.

Mykolaiv, located 100 kilometers from occupied Kherson, is en route to the port city of Odessa and has been the target of Russian attacks since the beginning of the invasion. In the most recent action, which took place on Friday, two people died and around 20 were injured.

Ukraine announces prisoner exchange

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced on Saturday the exchange of five civilians with Ukrainian nationality, who were released after the release of five Russian prisoners, without specifying whether they were military. According to information released by the Ukrainian General Directorate of Intelligence, four of the civilians had been captured by Moscow troops during the clashes that took place in Kiev, before the Russian military retreat at the end of March. In addition, along with the five civilians, Ukraine also recovered the body of a soldier killed in combat, according to the same source.

This Friday, the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, announced the release of a health worker imprisoned by Russian troops in Mariupol. The Ukrainian, detained in mid-March, became famous when she managed to smuggle a memory card with videos from the port city, the target of intense attack from Moscow.

In recent years, Ukraine and Russia have exchanged, in on several occasions, the bodies of dead soldiers. In addition, about a dozen exchanges of military and civilian prisoners were carried out.

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