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35 Ukrainian political prisoners return to Ukraine

The prisoner swap formula was "35 for 35"; President Zelensky, other top Ukrainian officials, the press and families of the released people are at the airport now
13:50, 7 September 2019

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24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian seamen, film maker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives are seen in the crowd of reporters who approached them to get the first comments. Their families are there; they embraced their loved ones and spoke to the press as well.

The aircraft from Vnukovo airport landed at Boryspil airport at about 13.45. 

Related: Ukrainian, Russian aircraft depart from airports simultaneously

As we reported earlier, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on exchange "33 on 33". President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said he hoped for "first results" in the exchange of detainees between Ukraine and Russia soon.

Later, a press secretary of the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Larysa Sargan reported about the exchange "35 on 35".

Related: Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap: Zelensky arrives in Boryspil airport

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