Another stage of prisoner swap to come, Ukrainian president expects
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he expects another stage of prisoner swap with Russia.
"The return of prisoners. Now we are talking about the second stage following that involving our political prisoners and our sailor guys. Frankly, now we are drafting [exchange] lists and waiting for another stage of a swap," he said during the 16th annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES) in Kyiv, an UNIAN correspondent reports.
According to Zelensky, the Ukrainian side will be working to agree on the next stage of the exchange of held persons both during the negotiations in Minsk and within the "Normandy process."
As UNIAN reported earlier, 24 Ukrainian POW sailors captured by Russian special forces near the Kerch Strait in November 2018, and 11 political prisoners were returned by Russia to Ukraine as part of prisoner exchange on Sept 7. The political prisoners include Roman Sushchenko, Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh, Stanislav Klykh, Mykola Karpyuk, Oleksiy Syzonovych, Pavlo Hryb, Edem Bekirov, Yevhen Panov, and Artur Panov.
Meanwhile, 35 people were transferred to Russia. All of them had been convicted or being tried on various charges.