Separatists in eastern Ukraine ready for prisoner exchange

/ 08:23 PM December 10, 2019
 Volodymyr Zelenskiy - Angela Merkel - Emmanuel Macron - Vladimir Putin

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, third left and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, attend a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday Dec. 9, 2019. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met for the first time Monday at a summit in Paris to try to end five years of war between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists. (Pool photo by Charles Platiau via AP)

KYIV, Ukraine — Separatists in eastern Ukraine say they are ready to swap prisoners with Kyiv in an exchange announced by the Russian and Ukrainian presidents after peace talks in Paris on Monday.

At the first meeting between new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two leaders failed to find a compromise to bring an end to the 5-year-old war that has killed 14,000 people, but agreed to revive the peace process and and exchange all their prisoners.


After the talks, Zelenskiy told Ukrainian reporters that 72 Ukrainian prisoners may return home by the end of the year.

Separatists officials said Tuesday they are prepared to swap 53 Ukrainians for 88 rebels by the end of the year.


The last major prisoner swap between separatist rebels and Ukrainian forces took place in December 2017, with the two sides exchanging 233 rebels for 73 Ukrainians.


Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: prisoner exchange, Russia-Ukraine peace talks
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.