POW exchange: Militants propose swapping 47 Ukrainians for 618 pro-Russian prisoners

12:02 Sep. 22, 2016

Militants propose swapping 47 Ukrainians for 618 pro-Russian prisoners

Former Donetsk militant is seen after he was released by Ukrainians in Schastie village of Luhansk, eastern Ukraine on September 17, 2016. (GettyImages Photo)

‘We hope Ukraine will agree', Russian Minsk rep Boris Gryzlov said, according to BBC

The Russian-backed separatist forces proposed exchanging 47 Ukrainians, held in Donetsk and Luhansk, for 618 pro-Russian prisoners, arrested by Kyiv over the course of the conflict.

Read also: Two Ukrainians freed from militant captivity – Poroshenko (photo)

BBC Ukraine reports, Russian rep in the Trilateral Contact group Boris Gryzlov says the proposal lies within the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

‘The all for all exchange formula doesn't mean bargaining, but the unconditional release of all people, detained during the Donbas conflict', Gryzlov said, adding that he hopes Ukraine will agree with the proposal.

Read also: 'We are ready to exchange over 400 militants' - Ukrainian official

Iryna Gerashchenko, Ukraine's rep in the Minsk group, says that among those 618 pro-Russian prisoners are those, whose release is not a part of the Minsk process.

‘Among them are individuals, who don't have any connection to the Minsk negotiations and the Donbas conflict, but were arrested for, for example, organizing terror acts in Odesa and Kharkiv. We are analyzing the procedural status of these people', Gerashchenko posted on Facebook. 

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