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Ukrainian authorities announced a new exchange of prisoners and detained persons with the breakaway republics of Donbass. This was stated by President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky during a telephone conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, the press service of the head of state.
The Ministry said that Kiev is now preparing new lists for exchange. While Zelensky expressed concern over the non-implementation of agreements to ensure a genuine “complete silence” in the Donbass.
14 January, the representative of Kiev in the Trilateral contact group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Eastern Ukraine Leonid Kuchma said that the implementation of the political part of Minsk agreements should be preceded by a security in the Donbass.
The first in the last two years a major prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Donbass took place on December 29. Kiev received 76 people, the Donetsk passed 60 people, Lugansk — 63. Among the liberated Kiev individuals were five former employees of “Berkut”.
Part of Donbass is out of control in Kiev as a result of armed conflict. In April 2014, the Ukrainian government began a military operation against the Donetsk and Lugansk national republics, which declared independence from Kiev after the change of the Central government. Ukraine has repeatedly accused Russia of involvement in the fighting. Moscow denies all the accusations, pointing out their unfounded.
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