(QHA) -

A prisoner exchange between the Kyiv government and rebel groups in the east of Ukraine has been agreed, the Ukrainian Security Services confirmed on Thursday.

One hundred and fifty government soldiers will be swapped for 225 rebels after talks between the two sides in the Belarusian capital Minsk.

The peace talks in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, brought together representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the rebels, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

A second round had been tentatively set for December 26, but the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said that it was unclear if that would take place.

Meanwhile the original ceasefire agreed in Minsk in September continues to be broken.

In Debaltseve in Donetsk, a small town on the frontline of the battle, there is a monitoring centre where representatives from the Ukrainian and Russian military, separatist groups and the OSCE all work together to record daily violations.

QHA