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Prospects arise of another major exchange of prisoners in Donbas in the near future, according to Boris Gryzlov, a Russian representative to the Trilateral Contact Group for Donbas settlement in Minsk.

Gryzlov said that on May 4, the next meeting of the contact group will take place, RIA Novosti reported.

"We are mulling a possibility of an "all at all" swap, but it is clear that this will be a step-by-step exchange. It's difficult to make it "all for all." The lists are being verified," Gryzlov said.

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Gryzlov noted that the main thing is to stick to a single coefficient. He also claimed that Ukraine has in custody five times more detainees than there are hostages held by pro-Russian militants in the occupied areas on Donbas.

As UNIAN reported earlier, December 27, 2017, a massive prisoner exchange was carried out between the parties to the conflict in Donbass.

The Ukrainian government handed over 233 persons at the militants's request, while 73 Ukrainians were freed from captivity in the occupied areas and returned to the government-controlled territory. Another woman who was released chose to return to her family that remained in the occupied city of Donetsk.