The process of negotiations between Ukraine and Russia on the exchange of held persons is still ongoing, the President's Office reported Friday.
"The process of mutual release of held persons is ongoing. Reports about its completion are false. When the mutual release of held persons is completed, the President's Office will report about it via official channels," the statement said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the newly elected Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Ruslan Riaboshapka, reported, citing a Verkhovna Rada staffer, that the exchange of prisoners with Russia took place and Ukrainian political prisoners, including Sentsov, Balukh, Hryb, as well as POW sailors, are returning to Ukraine.
When asked if there is information that prisoners of war and political prisoners will arrive in Ukraine today, NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Danyliuk said: "I won't comment on this issue. We will comment on it when this happens. Let's wait for the fact itself. This is a very important question," Hromadske reports. To clarify the question whether there will be an exchange of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia held today, he replied: "We hope."