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Putin: Prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia will be ‘major’

According to the President of the Russian Federation, “the exchange will be a step towards normalization of relations between the countries”
14:30, 5 September 2019

Vladimir Putin, the President of Russia
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Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine. According to him, it will be a “major” exchange and will become a step towards normalization of relations between the countries, as Interfax agency reports.

Earlier, media reported that Russia and Ukraine have agreed on exchange in “33 on 33” format. 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 in “35 on 35” format.

Related: Poland supports captives exchange between Ukraine and Russia, - Duda

As reported before, Zelensky stated he liked the idea to exchange all the prisoners, kept in Russia and in the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea. 

Volodymyr Balukh, Mykola Karpyuk, Stanislav Klykh, Pavlo Gryb, and Oleksandr Kolchenko were taken to the Lefortovo detention center in Moscow and can be extradited to Ukraine to serve their sentences. This information appeared in the Russian media. Now, based on the sources of journalists, the question of extradition of five prisoners to Ukraine and the format of this procedure are being discussed.

Related: Prisoners’ exchange between Ukraine-Russia may begin on September 7

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