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Prisoner’s exchange between Ukraine-Russia not to take place on August 2, - lawyer

According to Rybin, firstly, Zelensky should sign the law on pardoning
17:44, 2 September 2019

Valentin Rybin, lawyer of Russian prisoners in Ukraine
112 Agency

The prisoners’ exchange between Ukraine and Russia will not take place on August 2. They expect the order of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky on pardoning as RIA News reported citing Valentyn Rybin, the lawyer of the Ukrainians arrested in Russia.

“It will not take place today (the exchange, - 112.international). Until the law of Zelensky on pardoning is signed, nobody will be transferred. The law is not signed yet,” Rybin said.

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.

Related: Senstov may have been transferred to Moscow prison for exchange; lawyers do not confim it

Earlier 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 first results of the exchange in the near future

Related: Ukraine has sufficient reserve for prisoners' exchange with Russia, - former Prosecutor General

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.

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