Kiev is exchanging dozens of prisoners with the self-proclaimed #Donetsk and #Lugansk republics in the first such effort in two years. The swap was given a boost at the recent Normandy Four talks in Paris.
The self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic is handing over 55 people to Kiev, while receiving 87 of their followers. The swap, carried out under an “all for all” formula, is the first since a similar humanitarian effort in December 2017.
The Lugansk region was the first to swap prisoners, with Donetsk doing so later in the day. Donetsk’s authorities said their list could be longer, as some people asked to be repatriated shortly before the exchange.
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