Zelensky briefs on progress in peace talks on Donbas / Photo from president.gov.ua

President Volodymyr Zelensky says the Ukrainian side has handed over lists for the swap of prisoners of war (POW) as part of the work of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), but it has not yet received such lists from Russia and the occupying administrations in Donbas.

"We have submitted lists for the exchange, but we have not yet received lists from the other side," he said in a comment to the media during his working trip to Kherson region on August 20, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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The president also mentioned agreements on demining and disengagement in Donbas.

"No one wanted to listen to anything, there have been arguments for a long time… We reached an agreement. 20 demining sites. It is also about saving lives," he said.

  • On April 16, 2020, the mutual release of detainees took place in two stages in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Twenty Ukrainian citizens were released. These were mainly civilians, as well as two soldiers and one law enforcement officer.
  • On August 7, head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak said that Ukraine was preparing for an exchange of detainees held in Russia-occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
  • On August 20, the President's Office reported that the TCG's humanitarian subgroup had made progress on the mutual release of detainees. Some 100 people are expected to be exchanged from each side. The exchange is planned to be brokered by the OSCE.