The arrested Ukrainian sailors have left Lefortovo detention center. Nikolai Polozov, the leader of the lawyer group stated it commenting on the current situation to Interfax news agency.
"According to my data, the prisoners have already left the detention center. I think they are being transferred to the airport to extradite them to the Ukrainian side," the lawyer said to the agency on Saturday.
As we reported earlier, Russia and Ukraine have agreed on exchange in "33 for 33" format. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said he hoped for "first results" in the exchange of detainees between Ukraine and Russia soon.
Later, press secretary of the former Prosecutor General of Ukraine Larysa Sargan reported about the "35 on 35" exchange.
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.
Russian media also reported that before the end of August, Russia could extradite to Ukraine the prisoners of war captured in Kerch Strait in November 2018.