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    The self-proclaimed Donetsk people's Republic (DPR) and Kiev authorities will not hold a scheduled exchange of prisoners, the head of the Donetsk committee on prisoner exchange told RIA Novosti.

    DONETSK, September 18 (RIA Novosti) -The self-proclaimed Donetsk people's Republic (DPR) and Kiev authorities will not hold a scheduled exchange of prisoners, the head of the Donetsk committee on prisoner exchange told RIA Novosti.

    "The exchange will not be held today as we have not received a confirmation from Kiev," Daria Morozova said without providing further details.

    On Wednesday, Morozova told RIA Novosti that the next swap would "most likely" take place on September 18. She added, that the exact number of prisoners was being verified.

    The most recent prisoner exchange between Ukrainian security forces and DPR militia took place on Sunday, about 30 kilometers north of Donetsk. Each sided handed over 73 prisoners.

    The swaps follow the groundbreaking ceasefire agreement in Belorussian capital 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.

    The agreement was signed during a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine attended by officials from Kiev, Ukraine's southeastern regions, Russia and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

    Negotiators built on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan for resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as on Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposals.

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    Situation in the South-East of Ukraine (1121)
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    Donbass, prisoner exchange, OSCE, Donetsk People’s Republic, Daria Morozova
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