A Russian negotiator has suggested Moscow would consider exchanging Ukrainian soldiers captured after the fall of Mariupol for a jailed Ukrainian politician seen as an ally of President Putin.
Leonid Slutsky said Russia would "study the possibility" of swapping some of the more than 2,000 prisoners taken at the Azovstal metal works for Viktor Medvedchuk. The pro-Russian politician and businessman was arrested by the authorities in Kyiv in April.
Slutsky later appeared to backtrack on his comments - writing on the Telegram messaging app that the fate of Ukrainian fighters from the controversial Azov regiment should be decided by a tribunal.
Russia said on Friday that the last Azov fighters and other Ukrainian soldiers had surrendered at the Azovstal plant - meaning occupying forces had gained total control of Mariupol.