Russia may swap captured Ukrainian sailors by late August – media

In addition, a number of other Ukrainians, the Kremlin’s hostages, may return to Ukraine.

Moscow and Kyiv have entered the final stage of negotiations on the swap of prisoners of war (POWs), including 24 Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait on November 25, which may take place before the end of August. Read also Five Ukrainians convicted in Russia may be extradited to serve sentences at home – Russian media

The relevant lists are being specified now, the Russian daily Kommersant reported on August 21, referring to a source close to the talks. It is noted a number of other prisoners, the Kremlin’s hostages, may also return to Ukraine.

However, the source failed to answer whether the issue of Ukrainian film director and political prisoner Oleh Sentsov sentenced in Russia was being considered. The source also said an agreement on swap was reached after the first telephone conversation between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine on July 11. Information about the launch of the swap process has also been confirmed to journalists by a Ukrainian diplomat on condition of anonymity.

(c )UNIAN 2019

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