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Zelensky agrees on "all for all" exchange of prisoners

Yet, the President wants to specify the lists first
08:48, 18 July 2019

Reuters

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated he liked the idea to exchange all the prisoners in Russian and on the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea. Yet, the lists of the people should be specified, as he said in his video address on his YouTube channel.

“President of Russia told me that “I see the solution of the question of exchange of all the sailors “all for all”. I told him that I would love to do that. But there is one moment that the list of those guys kept on the temporarily occupied territories do not coincide with the list of those who control our occupied territories. There we will do the “all for all” exchange, but let us first return those who are kept in Russia and Crimea, let us start with the sailors,” Zelensky said.

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The President stressed that the return of the sailors is an important step on the way to set dialogue and end of war.

Earlier it was reported that Russian prosecution pressed final charges against 24 Ukrainian sailors illegally held in the Russian jail. 

On November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.

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As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.

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