“First results are expected in the coming days” - Zelensky commented on the release of the Kremlin’s prisoners

23 August 2019, 17:25
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The first results in the exchange of detained persons between Ukraine and Russia may be revealed be in the coming days.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky made a corresponding statement today speaking to journalists.

According to him, he has been working on the issue of the release of the Kremlin’s prisoners personally for two months.

Let me do my job, I promised the people of Ukraine that we will return the prisoners, return the sailors, we will end the war. I am personally engaged. We are waiting for the results, step by step, the first results are expected already in the coming days, I don’t mean to plan too far ahead.

Earlier, the Russian edition of RBC reported that Moscow and Kyiv had previously agreed to exchange 33 Russians for 33 citizens of Ukraine.

Currently, the Ukrainian Ombudsperson Lyudmila Denisova is in Moscow, and her Russian colleague Tatyana Moskalkova is in Kyiv.

On August 22, the Goloseevskiy district court of Kyiv released the former Berkut fighter Oleksandr Sattarov from custody, as he is to be exchanged for one of the captured Ukrainian sailors, said lawyer Igor Svintsitsky. According to him, the exchange will take place on August 28-29.

Also yesterday, lawyer Valentin Rybin said that his defendants – two Ukrainian soldiers who had defected to the Russian army after the annexation of Crimea and the person involved in the events of May 2, 2014 in Odessa – were being prepared to be exchanged for Ukrainian political prisoners.

On August 21, it became known that five Ukrainian prisoners of the Kremlin (Volodymyr Balukh, Stanislav Klykh, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Pavlo Hryb and Mykola Karpyuk), transferred from various Russian colonies to the Moscow Lefortovo detention center, could be extradited to Ukraine. On the same day, it was reported that three more political prisoners were transported to Lefortovo – Roman Suschenko, Oleksiy Sizonovich and Yevhen Panov.