Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia spoke on the preparation of the exchange of the prisoners in Donbas during the annual press conference.
'Medvedchuk (the leader of 'Ukrayinsky Vybir' Party) deals with the issue of the prisoners' exchange by order of Poroshenko (the president of Ukraine). I talked with the leaders of the occupied territories of Donbas for the first time as I think. Medvedchuk brought the list and it was the Ukrainian list and all of us agreed to it. I do not distort but then it was said 'No, we should change this list'. Listen, let's finally do it', Putin claimed.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin promised to discuss the issue of exchanging Donbas detainees with the commanders of the Russia-backed militants in Donbas on November 15. It is noted that it was pro-Russian Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk who addressed President Putin on the issue.
As we reported Iryna Gerashchenko, the First Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament claimed that The number of Ukrainian citizens illegally held in detention by Donbas militants has grown, and currently, it’s 162. Also, she announced the large-scale exchange by the New Year. 74 Ukrainians are to be exchanged for 306 detained members of Donbas-based illegal armed gangs.