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    All Kiev servicemen who laid down their arms and surrendered in the Debaltseve region, will be handed over to the Ukrainian Choice civil organization.

    DONETSK (Sputnik) – The forces of the eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic may soon hand over prisoners taken in Debaltseve to the leader of the Ukrainian Choice civil organization Viktor Medvedchuk, the deputy commander of the DPR’s self-defense units, Eduard Basurin, said Friday.

    “All of the Ukrainian military personnel, who have voluntarily laid down their weapons and surrendered to the people’s militia in the Debaltseve region, will soon be handed over to Ukrainian human rights figure Viktor Medvedchuk,” Basurin said.

    Earlier in the day, Kiev special operations headquarters spokesman Vladislav Seleznev said that at least 110 Ukrainians troops had been taken prisoners by the eastern Ukraine militia in the area of Debaltseve.

    The town of Debaltseve, a key transport hub located between the two Ukrainian breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, has been highly contested lately by independence militia and government troops, even after the ceasefire came into effect at the end of last week.

    On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the 2,500 troops that had been encircled in Debaltseve for weeks, had left the area.

    On Thursday, DPR representative Denis Pushilin said that the militia took control over the city, adding that the republic was ready to swap all the Kiev troops it captured in Debaltseve according to an all-for-all formula.

    An all-for-all prisoner exchange was one of 13 points in the deal worked out last week by the Russian, Ukrainian, French and German leaders in Minsk. The other points include a ceasefire, in effect since Sunday, and a pullout of heavy weaponry from the line of contact.

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