06 December 2018, 12:26

Kyiv offered Moscow to exchange 42 imprisoned Ukrainian for 89 Russians


Kyiv proposes to exchange 42 Ukrainians kept in Russian prisons for 89 people held in prisons in Ukraine. Such a proposal was made in Minsk by the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group, Yevhen Marchuk.

According to him, Ukraine introduced these proposals in writing, in the form of a formalized document a few days ago.

Firstly, 23 citizens of Russia are in Ukrainian prisons. We are ready to exchange them for 23 Ukrainians who are in Kremlin prisons. That is 23 to 23.
Secondly, we have prepared a proposition and believe, that if the opposite side agreed, then another 66 to 19. That is, we release 66, and get our 19 people.
Thus, nearly 90 people will be able to celebrate New Year with their families.

Marchuk gave guarantees that these proposals could be fully prepared by December 27, 2018, and on this day the exchange procedure could begin.

Earlier, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin was ready to consider a proposal for the exchange of Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait. He noted that if any specific proposals were received, they would certainly be considered.