Ukraine, pro-Russia separatists complete prisoner swap

Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have completed a full prisoner swap, exchanging all remaining detainees of the five-year conflict, the Ukrainian presidency has said.

“The mutual release of the detainees has ended,” the presidential office in Kyiv said on Sunday in a statement on Facebook.

It said that 76 former pro-government prisoners had returned home, while separatist officials said the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics took in a total of 124 people.

The exchange comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy held their first face-to-face talks in Paris on December 9 and agreed on some measures to de-escalate Europe’s only active war.

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