Ukraine begins new talks with Donbas militants on prisoner's exchange

Source : 112 Ukraine

At the moment 103 people remain detained in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions
12:15, 28 December 2017

112 Agency

New negotiations on the exchange of the prisoners began between Ukraine and pro-Russian militants that confirmed the location of 20 Ukrainians. Iryna Lutsenko, the representative of the president in the parliament claimed this as 112 Ukraine reported.

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'The talks are held and I cannot say that we will exchange 93 people, at least 23-25 people are confirmed by the militants and they are ready for the exchange. Poroshenko also plans to hold the work on the return of the Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. The Russian prisoners in Ukraine were kept as the additional advantage and the serious reason to exchange the Russian citizens for the Ukrainians detained in Russia. This strategy is worked out and it will be implemented', she said.

Earlier the SBU reported that 103 people remain detained in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and dozens of them are in Russia.

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Earlier, President Poroshenko specified that not a single citizen of Russian Federation was extradited during the exchange of prisoners with the "authorities" of Donbas occupied territories.

Iryna Gerashchenko reported that 73 Ukrainians were released during the prisoners' exchange.

All details of the exchange process revealed at the chronicle of the long-awaited event.

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