Kiev Confirms Prisoner Exchange on Saturday: DPR Committee on Prisoners

© Sputnik / Gennady Dubovoy / Go to the photo bankThe Ukrainian side has confirmed the exchange of prisoners that is to take place on Saturday in Donetsk, Darya Morozova, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s Committee on War Prisoners Exchange, told RIA Novosti
The Ukrainian side has confirmed the exchange of prisoners that is to take place on Saturday in Donetsk, Darya Morozova, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s Committee on War Prisoners Exchange, told RIA Novosti - Sputnik International
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The Ukrainian side has confirmed the exchange of prisoners that is to take place on Saturday in Donetsk, Darya Morozova, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s Committee on War Prisoners Exchange, told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

Updated 11:21 a.m. Moscow Time

DONETSK, September 20 (RIA Novosti) - The Ukrainian side has confirmed the exchange of prisoners that is to take place on Saturday in the Donetsk Region, Daria Morozova, the head of the Donetsk People's Republic's committee on prisoner exchange, told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

"The Ukrainian side has confirmed that the exchange will take place today," Morozova said.

She pointed out that the procedure was moved from 1 p.m. Moscow time (09:00 GMT) to 3 p.m. (11:00 GMT).

The sides expect to exchange 40 prisoners from each side.

"But if they bring more, we will give more, too," Morozova added.

The exchange was previously scheduled for September 18 but did not take place, as committee had not received a confirmation from Kiev at that point.

The most recent prisoner exchange between Ukrainian security forces and DPR militia took place on September 14, about 30 kilometers (18.5 miles) north of Donetsk. Each side handed over 73 prisoners.

The prisoner swaps follow the ceasefire agreement in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on September 5, which stipulated, among other provisions, an "all-for-all" prisoner exchange between Kiev-led forces and independence supporters in eastern Ukraine.

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