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    Paris, Berlin Urge Sides of Donbass Conflict to Organize Prisoner Swap

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said that Paris and Berlin called on the Donbass conflict sides to take measures to exchange prisoners on the "all for all" principle before 2018.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — Paris and Berlin called on the Donbass conflict sides to take measures to exchange prisoners on the "all for all" principle before 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said in a joint statement following telephone conversation in the "Normandy Four" format on Monday.

    "The French President and the Federal Chancellor called on the parties to take mutual steps on the basis of the work of the humanitarian and economic working groups, with the aim of exchanging the prisoners according to the principle of "all for all" until the end of the year, as stipulated in the Minsk agreements," the statement published by the German Chancellor's office said.

    The military conflict in Donbass has been ongoing since 2014 when Kiev launched a military operation against the region's local residents refusing to recognize the new Ukraine’s government which had come to power after what many considered to be coup.

    The attempts to settle the crisis were undertaken as part of the Minsk agreements brokered by Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine, which implied the establishment of the ceasefire regime in the eastern Ukrainian region. Despite the agreements, the parties to the conflict still continue mutual accusations of the regime violations.

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