Yesterday late, the Head of the Donetsk People's Republic Alexandr Zakharchenko ordered to start preparatin for th swap of prisoners of war if Kiev was ready to hand 300 people from the Republic.
It is necessary to point out that Russian President Vladimir Putin called to leaders of the Donbass Republic one day ago to discuss this question, however, Russia had not influence upon Republics.
"We have no leverage to put pressure on these unrecognized republics. We have no opportunity to give instructions to anyone there, because these republics live their own lives. But the president has never made a secret of his ability to address them with calls and to cause certain influence - not infinite, of course. Only to a certain extent," Peskov said.
Putin used that influence in response to a call from Ukraine’s special representative for humanitarian affairs Viktor Medvedchuk for promoting an exchange of prisoners of war and the approval of that idea by Patriarch Kirill, of Moscow and All Russia.