Ukrainian authorities and the militia of Donbass exchanged hundreds of prisoners of war on Friday, a spokesman for President Petr Poroshenko said, part of a 12-point plan aimed at ending the pro-Russian uprising in the east of the country.
The agreement to swap 150 Ukrainian servicemen for 222 rebels followed peace talks between envoys of Ukraine, Russia, the militiamen and European security watchdog Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on Wednesday.
“The head of the SBU (security service) reported the release of 146 Ukrainians to the President. The SBU expects another four prisoners to be released tomorrow. They will all be able to celebrate New Year … with their families,” spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko said in a Facebook post.
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