: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine, Russia-Backed Separatists Begin Prisoner Swap


Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine began a prisoner exchange on Thursday, according to the Ukrainian president’s office and separatists.The exchange comes as part of an agreement brokered last year at a summit of the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France. The aim is to take confidence-building steps that could lead to an end of the six-year war in eastern Ukraine, which has killed more than 14,000 people and aggravated tensions between Russia and the West.Ukraine hopes to take back 19 of its citizens in the swap with the two separatist entities in the rebel-controlled east, according …read more

Source:: Voice of America

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