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Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak has said the issue of prisoner swap with occupied Donbas will be discussed next week.

"Of course, we are constantly working since we have a clear task set by president, so the return of prisoners is our priority. We expect the issue and specific dates for the next prisoner swap will be discussed at the next meetings, which will be held in the coming week. To date, there are about 100 persons on the lists from each side," he told the Segodnya newspaper in an interview.

According to Yermak, a Red Cross mission will soon head off to the occupied territory of Donbas.

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A meeting of advisors to the Normandy Four leaders was held on September 11.

According to Yermak, the negotiations showed Kyiv enjoys unconditional support of its Western partners.

Following the meeting, Deputy Head of Russia's presidential administration Dmitry Kozak said the participants in the negotiations had agreed to support the ongoing ceasefire.

Controversial issues are expected to be settled by late September.

Prisoner swap: background

  • On August 13, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the country had submitted to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) a swap list with about 100 names on it.
  • On April 23, Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group, Ambassador Heidi Grau said the next prisoner swap in Donbas would be carried out in the format of all identified held persons for all identified held persons.