The process of the prisoners’ exchange between Ukraine and Russia may start at the end of this week as Interfax reported citing the diplomatic sources.
“The exchange may begin at the end of the week, the possible date is September 7,” the source said.
Another diplomatic source confirmed that the release is planned on Saturday but specified that the agreements are preliminary.
“Only the framework of understandings is reached yet. The sides will finally agree on the date and conditions of the exchange in the middle of the week,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Kremlin refrained from the comments on the statements that the “exchange” of the prisoners between Russia and Ukraine may start on September 7, explaining it with the sensitivity of the issue.
“The issue is sensitive. No announcements can take place,” Dmitry Peskov, the Spokesperson of the Russian President said. He promised: “The fact will be revealed”.
On August 30, the Office of the President of Ukraine denied the gossips that the prisoners return to Ukraine. Zelensky’s team reported that the negotiation process on the prisoners’ exchange continues.
Earlier, lawyer Valentyn Rybin reported that the date of exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia has been postponed for an indefinite period.
Previously, the media said that in late August, Russia could bring the captured Ukrainian sailors back home.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky added he hoped for the first results of the exchange in the near future.
Earlier, Spokesperson of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov stated that return of RIA News CEO Kyrylo Vyshynsky to Russia may become the first step for the beginning of the normalization of the relations of Moscow and Kyiv. President’s Office of Zelensky responded to Kremlin statement and offered to release Vyshynsky and Sentsov simultaneously.