“Here is my point of view: I am ready to express such initiative, if President Poroshenko listens to me, I am ready to initiate this issue (of the exchange, - ed.), but only under “all for all” principle. Not dividing and countung who exchanges less and who exchanges more. This is not a market, these are real people,” he stated.
Yanukovych also noted a need to implement Minsk Agreements.
“Political will is required, if there is any. I am ready to meet with President of Russia Vladimir Putin, if there is such initiative from the Ukrainian side, and make this offer,” he specified.
Earlier, Ukraine offered Russia to exchange hostages on January 5, 2019. According to the official, Ukraine passed the OSCE the proposal to pardon and pass 72 pro-Kremlin separatists in exchange for 19 Ukrainian hostages held in the occupied territories. Kyiv is also ready to pass Russia 22 citizens, detained in judged in Ukraine. In exchange, the Ukrainian side urges the Kremlin to release and send 22 political prisoners back to Ukraine.
Last time the sides exchanged hostages on December 27, 2017. According to the SBU data, 73 people returned to Ukraine-controlled territory, while 233 returned to the occupied areas of Donbas.