Ukraine Recap: Wagner Exiting Bakhmut; New Prisoner Exchange

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(Bloomberg) -- Yevgeny Prigozhin, founder of the Wagner mercenary group, said his forces have begun pulling out of Bakhmut and handing over positions to the Russian army - the latest twist in the eastern Ukrainian city largely leveled by months of intense fighting.

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Zelenskiy’s chief of staff said 106 Ukrainian service members who were captured in the Bakhmut region, including eight officers, will be returned in a prisoner exchange. There was no immediate word from Russia’s defense ministry.

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