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Zelensky tells about three stages of prisoners’ exchange with Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

The first lists of the prisoners will be discussed at the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on December 18
12:25, 13 December 2019

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the lists for the prisoners’ exchange with Russia in the format ‘all for all’ will be discussed on December 18 at Minsk Talks as 1+1 TV channel reported.

“I would really want to explain at Normandy Format the meaning of ‘all for all’ format because we are really afraid to leave our people there – not only in the temporarily occupied territories but also in Crimea, in the Russian Federation. ‘All established’ for ‘all established’, we believe in it, until the New Year (the holding of the exchange, - 112.international). On December 18, the lists will be discussed at the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk. It will be the first stage (of the prisoners’ exchange, - 112.international),” Zelensky stated.

He noted that during five years of the war in Donbas, the militants did not allow the representatives of the Red Cross to enter the territory controlled by them that is why Ukrainian authority had no possibility to establish who from Ukrainians in the lists stay in Donbas. These lists are not agreed by that side. According to Zelensky, the specification of people who remain in captivity of the militants in Donbas will be the second step.

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The president added that he agreed with President of Russia Vladimir Putin to establish citizens of Ukraine who stay in Russia and Crimea. It will be the third stage of the prisoners’ exchange but it will be held only after the exchange of ‘all agreed to all agreed’.

As we reported leaders of Ukraine and the Russian Federation, Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin have so far agreed to hold another round of prisoners’ exchange. The deadline would be until December 31, 2019.

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