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Donbas militants ready to release 19 Ukrainian prisoners

Source : 112 Ukraine

So-called Donetsk People’s Republic is willing to send eight people to Ukraine, and wants to get 10 people in return, self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic is committed to exchanging 11 Ukrainian prisoners for eight of their own
08:05, 9 April 2020

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Militants from the so-called self-proclaimed republics in Donbas have declared their readiness to send 19 people to Kyiv within the framework of the prisoner swap. Representative of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) in the humanitarian subgroup of Tripartite Contact Group Olga Kobtseva has informed about it, RBC reported.

"Within the framework of the new exchange of detained persons, self-proclaimed republics will hand over 19 people to Kyiv, 18 people will be sent back in response," Kobtseva said.

Related: So-called Donetsk People’s Republic suggests ’10 for 8’ formula for prisoner exchange

According to her, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic is willing to send eight people to Ukraine and wants to get 10 people in return, self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic is committed to exchanging 11 Ukrainian prisoners for eight of their own.

A source close to the office of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky told the agency that the number of people he planned to exchange would most likely change.

As we reported earlier, the exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and the militants of the occupied Donetsk region ("DPR") may take place before the end of next week.

"After long negotiations, we still managed to convince the representatives of Ukraine to conduct an exchange before the Easter holidays. The parties were able to agree on an exchange of detained persons using the 10 for 8 formula," DNR's ombudsman stated.

Related: Ukraine and pro-Russian militants agreed on exchange of prisoners

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