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Zelensky's Office reports ongoing negotiations on date for prisoner swap

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to OSCE Special Representative, all details of the exchange have already been approved
14:59, 15 April 2020

Reuters

The date of the next exchange of prisoners between Ukraine, Russia and Donbas militants, which is expected to take place before Orthodox Easter, is constantly being specified. This is stated in the message of the President's Office on Telegram.

It confirmed that the next stage of the prisoner exchange is being prepared.

"The latest approvals of the list and the logistics are ongoing. The release will take place in the near future. The date is constantly being updated," the message reads.

Related: Donbas militants ready to release 19 Ukrainian prisoners

The Office also noted that the information that prisoners were being exchanged then was not true.

"Unfortunately, mutual release is complex and requires additional approval. In addition, this process is complicated by the fact that the release takes place amidst the quarantine and therefore requires mandatory pre-organization of the observation for our citizens whom we are taking back home," the President's Office added.

It was stated by OSCE Special Representative Heidi Grau that all details of the future exchange of prisoners had already been agreed upon.

As we reported earlier, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) suggested holding an exchange of prisoners with Ukraine via "10 for 8" formula.

"The Donetsk People’s Republic insists on the swiftest exchange due to the complicated epidemiological situation in the world. For this reason, on March 26, during the meeting of Tripartite Contact Group, we put forward a proposal to exchange according to the ’10 for 8’ formula. The Ukrainian side flatly rejected our offer," DNR's Ombudsman Darina Morozova said.

Related: Prisoner swap between Ukraine, Russia, Donbas militants to take place by end of week, - Human Rights Commissioner

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