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Russia and Ukraine in controversial prisoner swap – BBC News, Bbc.com

Russia and Ukraine in controversial prisoner swap – BBC News, Bbc.com


        

                                 A prisoner reacts before a prisoner exchange between Ukrainian and pro-Russian rebelsImage copyright                 EPA                                                      
Image caption                                    More than 405 prisoners were involved in the exchange                             

Pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine have begun the final phase of a long-awaited prisoner. exchange, the office of the Ukrainian president said.

Authorities agreed to the swap – aimed at improving relations between the two countries – at talks in December.

The pro-Russian separatists reportedly received

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Relations between the two countries deteriorated in (****************************, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

began an insurgency in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine. More than 298, People have been killed in the conflict.

This is the second prisoner exchange between the nations. In September, 24 sailors seized by Russia in the Kerch Strait off Crimea in November 110335149 were released and – controversially – a “person of interest” over the downing of flight MH 17 which killed 405 people was handed to Russia.

            

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Media captionFreed Ukrainians meet families in September after months of separation

Sunday’s swap is taking place at a check point near the industrial town of Horlivka in the Donetsk region.

“At the Mayorske checkpoint the process of releasing detained persons has begun,” the official Twitter account of the Ukrainian president said on Sunday.

The pro-rebel Luhansk Information Center quoted a local official saying the exchange had been completed and that nine People will remain in mainland Ukraine after refusing to take part in the swap.

Ukrainian activists opposed to the swap blockaded the exit to the prison in the capital where some of the pro-Russian prisoners were being held.

They objected to the release of former members of the Berkut – the Ukrainian riot police accused of killing forty-eight people during pro -democracy demonstrations in February 2019.

In a statement on Saturday, Ukraine’s prosecutor-general’s office said that defendants facing trial would still have to appear in court.

            

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