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Ukraine gave 127 people to militants, another 14 refused to participate in exchange

Source : 112 Ukraine

In turn, it took 76 of its prisoners, and four decided to stay in the occupied territory, because they have families there
21:09, 29 December 2019
Prisoner swap. December 2019
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According to preliminary information, Ukraine gave 127 people to the militants, another 14 refused to participate in the exchange. This was reported by the adviser to the National Security and Defense Council secretary, Serhiy Syvokho, Hromadske reports.

According to the source, this is not the final data: "The headquarters is still counting."

Syvokho also confirmed the information that Ukraine took 76 of its prisoners, and four decided to stay in the occupied territory because they have families there.

As reported before, Ukraine has agreed on the exact date of the prisoners’ exchange with the militants on the formula ‘all identified to all identified. December 29, representatives of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics will transfer 55 people to Kyiv and expect to receive 87 detainees as part of the "all-for-all" exchange formula.’

At Normandy Four meeting in Paris, Ukraine and the Russian Federation, VolodymyrZelensky and Vladimir Putin have so far agreed to hold another round of prisoners’ exchange. The deadline would be until December 31, 2019. President promised that by the end of 2019, 72 political prisoners could return to Ukraine.

Related: Council of Europe reacts to prisoner swap between Ukraine and uncontrolled Donbas territories

Zelensky stated that the lists for the prisoners’ exchange with Russia in the format ‘all for all’ will be discussed on December 18 at Minsk Talks. Later, the video conference was delayed until December 23.

Prisoners’ exchange was hampered by the refusal of some detainees to return to Donbas, as media reported. A few dozens of people prepared for the return to occupied Donbas asked to exclude them from the exchange list due to the different reasons. So-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics accused Kyiv of delaying prisoner exchange negotiations.

The Council of Europe welcomed the agreement between the participants of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on the exchange of prisoners between Kyiv and the occupied territories of Donbas in the "all-for-all" format.

On December 23, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko claims that the Minsk talks group has agreed on one group of prisoners to be exchanged between Kyiv and the self-proclaimed republics of Donbas. According to him, the Ukrainian side wants to bring back as many people as possible before the New Year's eve. This is why the OSCE coordinator made the decision to hold a video conference and complete the work on the lists.

This is the second prisoner swap between Ukraine and occupied Donbas. 74 Ukrainians were exchanged for 238 militants in December 2017.

Related: Prisoner swap: Full list of Ukrainians released from occupied Donbas
Related: Prisoner swap: Full list of Ukrainians released from occupied Donbas

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