None of the captives from the Kyiv list for exchange were confirmed by Donetsk and Luhansk. Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life Party and MP of Ukraine Viktor Medvedchuk said this in conversation with journalists on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada.
"When you speak about the date of exchange, it causes internal protest, indignation even. Not because it is necessary to make an exchange and that, it would be nice if it was possible to exchange not tomorrow, but yesterday, but because of how the authorities use this topic in a populist way, which has actually become the main issue for the country. Sociological studies show that the main event of last year, 2019, is not the presidential or parliamentary elections for example, or something else, but the exchange that took place between Russia and Ukraine - 35 for 35. Analyzing and considering the importance of the issue of the release of our citizens, this certainly needs to be done and all steps must be taken to do this," he said.
“The situation today is as follows. It is not like Mr. Zelensky says or Mr. Prystaiko, who is far from this topic. Ukraine has filed 165 persons in Donetsk and 46 people in Luhansk for release and identification, For today, or to be precise, yesterday, none of the two lists was confirmed by Donetsk and Luhansk as an identified person there. Therefore, answer for yourself how realistic it is to talk about the exchange, and even more so about the date of exchange. This is again populism and the use of this topic to maintain credibility and receive political dividends. Nothing more,” the MP said.
Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that Ukraine expected to return 200 people in a new large-scale exchange.