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WorldUkraine official says Ukraine, Russia swapped prisoners, including sailors

08:20  30 august  2019
08:20  30 august  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian prisoners, including sailors and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, are flying back to Ukraine after a prisoner swap was completed with Russia, according to comments that were reposted on Facebook by Ukraine's general prosecutor.

Ukraine official says Ukraine, Russia swapped prisoners, including sailors© Reuters/Sergey Pivovarov FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian film director Sentsov looks on from defendants' cage as he attends court hearing in Rostov-on-Don

Neither the general prosecutor's spokesman nor Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's spokeswoman were immediately available for comment.

Russia had transferred Sentsov from a remote Arctic prison to custody in Moscow amid talks with Kiev on a possible prisoner swap, news agencies TASS and Interfax reported on Thursday.

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KYIV, UKRAINE - Ukrainian prisoners , including sailors and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, are flying back to Ukraine after a prisoner swap was completed with Russia , according to comments that were reposted on Facebook by Ukraine ’s general prosecutor. Neither the general prosecutor’s spokesman

Ukrainian prisoners , including sailors and filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, are flying back to Ukraine after a prisoner swap was completed with Russia , according to comments that were reposted on Facebook by Ukraine ’s general prosecutor. The general prosecutor’s spokesman was not immediately available

A Ukrainian court also freed a senior Russian journalist accused of supporting pro-Russian separatists.

Securing a prisoner swap would be a win for Zelenskiy, who became president this year promising to bring an end to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian troops have been battling Russian-backed forces in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine since 2014, in a conflict that has claimed more than 13,000 lives. Sporadic fighting continues despite a ceasefire agreement.

Russia is holding dozens of Ukrainian captives from the conflict as well as 24 sailors who were captured last year.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Michael Perry)

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