Ukraine expects to swap 100 prisoners with Russia-controlled Donbas within weeks – media The swap would be second this year and the fourth since Zelensky became president in 2019.
21:58, 06 August 2020
Zelensky's Office announces new prisoner swap with Donbas soon There is no final decision on new sites for the disengagement of forces and weapons.
21:56, 10 July 2020
Ukraine's MFA says about 100 hostages of Kremlin "celebrate" Christmas in jail (Video) The ministry called on the international community to help free all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia and in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
15:35, 06 January 2020
SBU says 244 people held in captivity in occupied Donbas The reports on the number of captives are being updated based on the incoming data.
14:50, 08 November 2019
Ukraine-Russia prisoner swap may take place on Sept 7 – Russian media Swap lists may be changed up to the start date of the exchange.
11:09, 06 September 2019
New Minsk talks round ends with agreement on preparing POWs for swap: 69 for 208 The Ukrainian envoy's press secretary says that the whereabouts of 69 Ukrainian hostages in Russia-occupied Donbas have been confirmed.
21:56, 17 July 2019
Putin creating unfavorable background ahead of potential talks with Zelensky: Gerashchenko Gerashchenko stressed that Ukraine should firmly hold on to its position on the implementation of Minsk agreements, hostage swap, the release of Kremlin prisoners, and the refusal to negotiate with terrorist leaders.
18:40, 28 April 2019
Expert explains timing of Poroshenko's move against Medvedchuk The president earlier instructed the SBU to report on further feasibility of Medvedchuk's participation in detainee swap talks.
11:00, 15 April 2019
Ukraine at Minsk talks offers Russia two formats of detainee swap – Gerashchenko The Ukrainian delegation offered their Russian counterparts an exchange format under the following formulas: "25 Russians for 25 Ukrainian political prisoners" and "72 separatists for 19 Ukrainian hostages".
19:20, 13 February 2019
"Scolded by Kremlin": Ukraine envoy on militants turning down detainee swap offer The entire international community supports Ukraine on the issue of hostage release, the representative adds.
10:40, 28 December 2018
Russia fully responsible for disrupting release of hostages, political prisoners – Gerashchenko The Russian side provided no official response to "dozens" of Ukraine's proposals to swap Ukrainians, the official said.
14:55, 27 December 2018
Ukraine proposes Russia to exchange prisoners on January 5 According to Gerashchenko, Ukraine will put forward 22-22 and 72-19 swap formats.
20:30, 21 December 2018
Human rights activists collect data on 102 civilians, 13 military held by Donbas militants A Ukrainian tanker Bohdan Pantyushenko and special forces' Serhiy Hlondar and Oleksandr Korynkov were captured almost four years ago.
15:40, 16 December 2018
Russia turns down Ukraine's offer for hostage swap on Dec 27 – Humanitarian envoy Ukraine offered to hand over 23 Russian detainees in exchange for 23 Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia, as well as to pardon 66 so-called separatists in exchange for the release of 19 Ukrainian military held by Russian-backed militants in Donbas.
20:30, 04 December 2018
Merkel, Macron call for prisoner swap in Donbas, release of political prisoners by year-end Leaders of Germany and France reiterated the responsibility of all parties regading the need to respect ceasefire.
13:40, 12 November 2018
Moscow completely blocks hostage release – Gerashchenko At the same time, Russia is trying to meddle in Ukraine's election campaign.
23:55, 06 November 2018
Ukraine ready to swap 23 Russian convicts for Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia All 23 Russians have been indicted or convicted on grave charges like terrorism, murders, participation in war, and espionage.
20:00, 23 June 2018
Volker calls on Russia for new hostage swap in Donbas Volker discussed steps the Ukrainian parliament can take to support peace.
13:35, 17 May 2018
Russia says new major prisoner swap possible in Donbas Moscow's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk suggests the date and formula for the exchange should be determined at the next meeting May 4.
18:30, 27 April 2018