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Ukrainian, Russian aircraft depart from airports simultaneously

The list of released persons includes 24 Ukrainian sailors and another 11 political prisoners, including, in particular, Oleg Sentsov
12:30, 7 September 2019

Ukrainian aircraft, tail, beyond barbed wire
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Ukrainian aircraft left Vnukovo airport, carrying Ukrainian citizens that are due to prisoner swap with Russia. At the same time, Russia's Tupolev Tu-204 left Boryspil airport, taking Russian prisoners to Moscow. Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported that.

An informed source told the news agency that Russian aircraft left Borypsil almost at the same momemt when the Ukrainian plane took off from the airfield at Vnukovo airport.

Previously, both Ukrainian and Russian media reported that the planes arrived in Vnukovo and Boryspil airports; according to reports, these planes were supposed to bring the prisoners back to their homelands.

Related: People who are transferred by Ukraine to Russia within the exchange, flew out of Kyiv, - lawyer

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".

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated he liked the idea to exchange all the prisoners in Russia and in the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea. 

It was reported that 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: Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap: Vyshynsky still in Kyiv

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