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Foreign prisoners, some facing execution, freed from east Ukraine jail

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A group of ten foreign captives - including five British men, two Americans, a Swede, Croat, and a Moroccan - have been released from jail in separatist-controlled east Ukraine in a deal negotiated by Saudi Arabia.

Several of the men had been sentenced to death by a court in the Donbas region, but were given their freedom as part of a prisoner exchange.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss said that the mens' release ended "months of uncertainty and suffering for them and their families." Truss thanked both Ukrainian President Zelenskyy and the Saudi government for their parts in helping secure the release of the men."Russia must end the ruthless exploitation of prisoners of war and civilian detainees for political ends," said Truss.British lawmaker Robert Jenrick said one of the men was Aiden Aslin, 28, who had been sentenced to death after he was captured in eastern Ukraine.  “Aiden’s return brings to an end months of agonising uncertainty for Aiden’s loving family in Newark who suffered every day of Aiden’s sham trial but never lost hope.

As they are united as a family once more, they can finally be at peace.” The former captives arrived in Saudi Arabia from Russia, and Saudi authorities said the are "working to facilitate the procedures for their safe return to their respective countries," in a statement.

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