Sat Sep 7, 2019, 06:08 PM

Russia, Ukraine Swap Prisoners In First Sign Of Thawing Relations

Natalia Zinets, Polina Devitt

MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine swapped dozens of prisoners on Saturday in a carefully-negotiated rapprochement that brought Western praise and could thaw a freeze in relations since Moscow’s annexation of the Crimea region in 2014.


Hugging and shaking hands with the freed Ukrainians, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told reporters the swap was part of his deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Now all steps must be taken “to finish this horrible war,” he added, referring to the east where Russian-backed separatists control a swathe of Ukrainian territory in a conflict that has killed more than 13,000 people in five years.


Though Ukraine’s demands for the return of Crimea have fallen on deaf ears in Russia, Saturday’s exchange was still seen as a win for Zelenskiy, a former comedian who swept to power this year promising to repatriate compatriots in Russia.

The U.S. Embassy in Kiev congratulated him.

President Donald Trump lauded both nations, tweeting that the move was “perhaps a first giant step to peace.”


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Sat Sep 7, 2019, 09:12 PM

1. ''morewars4israel''....has WTF to do with Ukraine and Russia?

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