Latest Prisoner exchange News

Saudi Arabia's triumphant week reclaims the West's embrace

Sep. 26, 2022 18:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Arabia appears to be leaving behind the stream of negative coverage that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi elicited since 2018. The kingdom is once again being enthusiastically welcomed back into polite and powerful society, and it is no longer as frowned upon to seek Saudi...

'We got our miracle': Freed Americans back home in Alabama

Sep. 24, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two U.S. military veterans who disappeared three months ago while fighting with Ukrainian forces against Russia arrived home to Alabama on Saturday, greeted by hugs, cheers and tears of joy at the state's main airport. Alex Drueke, 40, and Andy Huynh, 27,...

2 Americans released by Russian separatists arrive in NYC

Sep. 23, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two U.S. military veterans who disappeared three months ago while fighting Russia with Ukrainian forces arrived Friday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after their release by Russian-backed separatists as part of a prisoner exchange. “We’re...

Ukraine’s Mariupol defenders, Putin ally in prisoner swap

Sep. 22, 2022 16:57 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine announced a high-profile prisoner swap early Thursday that was the culmination of months of efforts to free many of the Ukrainian fighters who defended a steel plant in Mariupol during a long Russian siege. In exchange, Ukraine gave up a prominent ally of Russian...

Steel plant defenders, Putin ally exchanged in prisoner swap

Sep. 21, 2022 20:57 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine announced a high-profile prisoner swap early Thursday that culminated months of efforts to free many of the Ukrainian fighters who defended a steel plant in Mariupol during a long Russian siege. In exchange, Ukraine gave up an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin....

Ukraine's president says 215 Ukrainian and foreign citizens have been released by Russia in prisoner exchange

Sep. 21, 2022 19:01 PM EDT
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president says 215 Ukrainian and foreign citizens have been released by Russia in prisoner exchange.

Russian separatists release 10, including 2 US veterans

Sep. 21, 2022 18:10 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two U.S. military veterans who disappeared three months ago while fighting Russia with Ukrainian forces were among 10 prisoners, including five British nationals, released by Russian-backed separatists as part of a prisoner exchange mediated by Saudi Arabia, officials said...

US contractor freed by Taliban in swap for drug trafficker

Sep. 19, 2022 18:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years has been released in exchange for a convicted Taliban drug lord jailed in the United States, the White House said Monday, announcing a rare success in U.S.-Taliban talks since the militant group took...

High-level talks in Ukraine yield little reported progress

Aug. 18, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Turkey's leader and the U.N. chief met in Ukraine with President Volodymr Zelenskyy on Thursday in a high-powered bid to ratchet down a war raging for nearly six months. But little immediate progress was reported. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he...

Veteran emissary Richardson hopeful for Griner, Whelan swap

Aug. 09, 2022 12:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Richardson, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and a frequent emissary in hostage negotiations, said Tuesday he was hopeful about the chances of a two-for-two prisoner swap that could result in Russia's release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed...