It became known during the visit of the prisoners by Toni Frisch, the OSCE Coordinator of the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group.
“The decision on 44 prisoners was made on the readiness to pass them to the territory controlled by Ukraine,” the message said.
On August 16, Iryna Gerashchenko stated that Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, was ready to pardon the Russians kept in Ukraine in exchange for the Ukrainians kept in Russian Federation.
Reportedly, Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s Ombudsman, stated that 22 convicted Russians wrote Putin appeals with a request to exchange them for the Ukrainians political prisoners.
Also, the Russian side has rejected the initiative of Ukraine to meet in Minsk for the discussion of the pass of 36 citizens of Russia in the exchange of the Ukrainians.