100 on 100 prisoner swap could take place in Donbas soon, - Head of Presidential Office

Source : 112 Ukraine

The exchange might occur in the coming weeks, Andriy Yermak said
23:53, 6 August 2020

RIA Novosti

The next round of prisoners exchange in Donbas could take place in the coming weeks. Andriy Yermak, Head of the Office of President of Ukraine said so in an interview with Reuters.

"I hope this (exchange, - 112 International) may occur in the near future, - in several weeks, I guess", Yermak said.

He claimed that Ukraine already passed the OSCE a list of 100 people that are to be exchanged. Russian mercenaries, on their part, offer to pass them almost the same number of people.

According to Yermak, in the recent phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky brought up the issue of release of Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia - specifically, Crimean Tatars.

Related: Ukraine asks Russia to urgently exchange prisoner Matyushenko as his health deteriorated

Besides, the official said that the pro-Kremlin mercenaries offered two new sections for the disengagement of troops and forces in the Donbas combat area. "Today, we're very close to agreement on three, or maybe five new sections", Yermak said.

Earlier, Boris Gryzlov, Russian representative in the negotiation group for the solution of Donbas conflict said Ukraine refused from any agreements in terms of exchange of prisoners, which would significantly slow down the process of exchange and release.

Related: President’s Office Head announces exchange of held persons in near future

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