On September 21 the pro-Moscow Forces unexpectedly freed Britons, Croats, Americans, a Moroccan and a Swede. The ten men had been accused by the pro-Russian Donetsk People's Republic administration in East Ukraine of being mercenaries. Some of them had been sentenced to death.
The men were freed by Saudi Arabian diplomacy. A plane carrying the men landed in Saudi Arabia. The men will now be able to return home.
The UK hailed the release of the two Britons.
On September 21 Russia released another two Americans whom it had captured in Ukraine.
The demarche is surprising considering Putin's rhetoric on September 21 when he reminded the world that he possesses nuclear arms and will use them on the UK and Germany if they threaten Russian sovereignty. But while Russia is raising the temperature it is also offering a concession. This is possibly Moscow offering an olive branch as it seeks a negotiated solution.
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