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Ukraine-Russia prisoners’ exchange may reduce tension between states, - Senator Murphy

He expressed hope that after the prisoner’s exchange between Kyiv and Moscow, it will be possible to release more Ukrainian political prisoners who are kept in Russia
12:16, 6 September 2019

Chris Murphy, the American senator
ABCnews

American senator Chris Murphy believes that the prisoners’ release in Russia and Ukraine will allow reduce tension in relations between the states as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“Usually, we do not comment on the decision of the court but we hope that after consultations of President Zelensky with Vladimir Putin, the tension in relations will be reduced,” the American lawmaker said.

He also expressed hope that after the prisoner’s exchange between Kyiv and Moscow, it will be possible to release more Ukrainian political prisoners who are kept in Russia.

On September 5, the Appeal Court released key suspect in MH17 case Volodymyr Tsemakh on personal recognizance. Prosecutor believes that Tsemakh may return to occupied Donbas.

Related: Putin: Prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia will be ‘major’

On September 3, 2019, the court extended the arrest of Tsemakh, as his lawyer Roman Hontarev reported.

The Netherlands appealed to Ukraine with a request to prevent the extradition of suspect in MH17 case investigation Volodymyr Tsemakh to Russia.

On July 17, 2019, the Security Service of Ukraine stated that it detained Volodymyr Tsemakh, the ex-militant of Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), involved in the transportation of Buk missile system, which downed MH17. He was detained during the crossing of the border with Russian controlled by Ukraine.

Related: Netherlands asks Ukraine not to transfer possible MH17 case suspect Tsemakh to Russia

Tsemakh knew the commanders of the militants, details of the operations and transportation of the weapons. He also might become the key witness in the trial in the Netherlands.

Related: Prisoners’ exchange between Ukraine-Russia may begin on September 7

Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines, flight number MH17 was destroyed while performing a regular flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia in July 2014. The tragedy took place in the sky over the militant-held section of Donetsk region. All 298 people aboard deceased; most of the victims (196) were Dutch, but there were citizens of another nine countries as well.

The governments of Australia and the Netherlands officially accused Russia of being behind the disaster.

Earlier, it was reported that the Prosecutor’s Office of the Netherlands would press charges on MH17 crash in Donbas in June 2014, against Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Serhiy Dubynsky, Oleg Pulatov, and Leonid Kharchenko.

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