Kiev, Militia Plan to Swap Captives Wednesday: Donetsk Authorities

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The Kiev government and eastern Ukraine independence supporters plan to hold another prisoner swap Wednesday, the prisoners’ affairs committee of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said Monday.

Updated 3:43 p.m. Moscow Time

DONETSK, September 22 (RIA Novosti) – The Kiev government and eastern Ukraine independence supporters plan to hold another prisoner swap Wednesday, the prisoners’ affairs committee of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said Monday.

"Another [prisoner] exchange will take place in two days, on Wednesday," committee spokeswoman Darya Morozova said. "The lists [of captives] are now being compiled and approved."

Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council spokesperson Andriy Lysenko said that some 1,200 Ukrainian servicemen and civilians have been released since the signing of Minsk agreements.

The most recent prisoner exchange between Ukrainian security forces and DPR militia took place on Sunday when each side handed over 28 captives.

In mid-April, Kiev authorities launched a special military operation to suppress independence supporters in the southeast of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian government forces and southeastern Ukraine's independence supporters agreed on a ceasefire and an "all-for-all" prisoner exchange on September 5 at a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine held in Minsk.

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