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Donetsk Confirms Prisoners Exchange on Sunday

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The independence supporters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic have confirmed that the prisoners exchange with the Kiev government forces will be held on Sunday in "65 for 65" format, the lists of prisoners are finalized, Daria Morozova, the head of DPR's Committee on War Prisoners Exchange, told RIA Novosti.

Updated 10:52 a.m. Moscow Time

DONETSK, September 14 (RIA Novosti) - The independence supporters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic have confirmed that the prisoners exchange with the Kiev government forces will be held on Sunday in "65 for 65" format, the lists of prisoners are finalized, Daria Morozova, the head of DPR's Committee on War Prisoners Exchange, told RIA Novosti.

"The lists are finalized, 65 for 65," Morozova said.

"The swap will definitely take place today, and during the daylight hours," she added.

Daria Morozova said earlier that DPR self-defense forces on Friday handed over 36 Ukrainian personnel that had been held on the republic's territory during Kiev's military operation in eastern Ukraine. In its turn, the Ukrainian government freed 31 prisoners.

The same day, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin said, that in total the prisoner exchange between the Ukrainian government and the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk may involve up to 1,500 people.

The swaps follow the groundbreaking ceasefire agreement in Belarus's capital Minsk on September 5 when the sides agreed to exchange all prisoners and open humanitarian corridors. Negotiators were building on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as on Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposals.

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