Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko stated about the preparation of the prisoner swap between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, as Ukrinform reported.
“We really prepare another exchange. We still believe in the possibility of holding of ‘all for all’ prisoner swap soon,” Prystaiko reported.
He notes that big lists are prepared and he hopes that the majority of the Crimean Tatars, who did not participate in recent exchanges, will be included in them.
On February 3, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the dates of the return of detainees in Crimea and Russia would be announced in the near future.
However, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic believes that the exchange of detained persons with Ukraine in 'all for all' format is impossible until the military actions are discontinued.
As we reported earlier, on December 29, Ukraine and representatives of the militant-held Donbas exchanged prisoners; these are political prisoners, POWs, and civilians, some of which were not even convicted. The venue was the Mayorske checkpoint in the Donetsk region.
Ukraine passed 127 people to the non-controlled territory, and the Russian mercenaries passed 76 people to Ukraine; 12 of these were military servicemen. Another 14 people refused to be exchanged.