UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres considers the exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia a positive step towards constructive dialogue to solve Donbas conflict. He insists that such measures should continue. Guterres's official representative Stephane Dujarric released his statement on the issue.
"The Secretary-General welcomes the exchange of prisoners and detainees that took place between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on 7 September and commends all those who brought this to fruition, including President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Vladimir Putin. He hopes that this important humanitarian act could serve as a positive step towards strengthening confidence among all, enabling regular and constructive dialogue at all levels with a view to paving the way to an eventual settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine", reads the statement.
The official appreciated the successful prisoner swap and called on the sides to "ensure continued momentum in the ongoing peace efforts by the Normandy Four, the Trilateral Contact Group, the OSCE and other actors, including by ensuring a durable ceasefire, easing humanitarian conditions along the contact line, and enabling progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements".