Office Zelensky confirmed the transfer to Kiev 20 prisoners from the Donbass

KIEV, may 16 – RIA Novosti. The exchange of prisoners between Kiev and self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics ended, Ukraine was transferred to 20 people, said the head of the office of the President of Ukraine Andriy Yermak.

“took another step mutual release of detained persons – we returned 20 of their citizens who are in captivity in the temporarily occupied territories. I want to emphasize that the mutual release of the detained persons occurred in the format “all for all”. We take all the citizens of Ukraine. Without exception. That is what strong countries who value their citizens”, – quotes the words of Ermak press service of the President’s office.

on Thursday held the first in this year’s exchange of prisoners between Kiev and self-proclaimed republics in which Kiev handed over 14 detained persons.

the First two years of the exchange of prisoners held in the Donbas on 29 December 2019. Kiev gave the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics 124 people, the Donetsk and Lugansk transferred to the authorities of Ukraine 76 people. After that, work began on the creation of new lists for exchange of prisoners.

the Ukrainian Authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict began more than 13 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, in particular, during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue shooting.