The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Martin Sajdik, expects that the sides to the conflict will agree on an exchange of prisoners in the near future. Interfax-Ukraine reports it.
"I am convinced that the two sides want to conduct the exchange, and I hope that it will take place in the near future," Sajdik said.
He stressed that the two sides will introduce "very serious work" and this issue was topical within a humanitarian working group in Minsk.
One of the key topics was the topic of the exchange held. Following the meeting of the contact group, OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik confirmed that a large exchange is being prepared, and it will take place in the near future, perhaps even until the end of that year.
Any details, surnames, and dates of this exchange will become known only after the meeting of the Normandy Four on December 9 in Paris. In the meantime, the sides are preparing documents on the lists of the prisoners and clarify the persons. According to the latest Security Service data, the militants hold 244 people captive, but they confirmed the location and the fact that only 74 people were detained.
As we reported, September 7, Kyiv and Moscow have exchanged 70 prisoners in a dramatic operation that resulted in freedom for 24 Ukrainian sailors taken captive by Russia, as well as a potential suspect and key witness in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.