DONETSK (Sputnik) — At the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation on January 13, the parties agreed to exchange more than 50 prisoners. It was expected that it will happen until January 20. However, the exchange was foiled.
"We hope that the negotiators will be able to reach an understanding on this issue and it will be resolved before the end of January," Denis Pushilin told RIA Novosti.
Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a coup.
Despite the Minsk peace deal, sporadic shelling has continued in Ukraine’s southeast.