Both warring sides in the Donbas conflict should respect the procedure of the prisoners' exchange, slated for Wednesday noon. Martin Sajdik, the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, said that in the following statement:
'I welcome that the sides have agreed to conduct an exchange of detainees on 27 December - a step long awaited by the prisoners and their families. This is a deeply humanitarian gesture, even more so on the occasion of Christmas and New Year. I call upon the sides to provide conditions of dignity and respect for each of the persons to be exchanged'.
The SBU, Ukraine’s state security service will provide safety of Ukrainian hostages during the exchange of POWs, which is slated for the noon of December 27th. Head of the law enforcement service Vasyl Hrytsak reported that in Kyiv on Monday evening.
Besides, the government will provide the released hostages with necessary medical assistance. Their families will get material assistance, whenever needed.
The exchange of POWs between Ukraine and the pro-Kremlin militants will take place on Wednesday noon. Local media controlled by pro-Russian mercenaries reported that, quoting the DNR leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko, who signed the respective decree on December 26th.
The exchange procedure is slated for 12.00 a.m. Wednesday.
As is known, Kyiv is to exchange 306 members of illegal armed units on 74 Ukrainian citizens that have been held hostage in occupied Donbas for a long time.