Ukraine negotiates next prisoner exchange with Russia

The Human Rights Commissioner of the Ukrainian Parliament, Lyudmyla Denisova, said that the Ukrainian authorities continue negotiations on the next exchange of prisoners with Russia, reports Hromadske TV channel. Denisova didn't report any additional details.

"Negotiations are held on the next release of our citizens who are in custody in Russia and temporarily occupied Crimea," said Denisova. She didn't specify the names of prisoners for exchange.

"It is better to remain silent to achieve success in this process," said Denisova.

On September 7, 24 Ukrainian sailors, which were captured by Russia in the Kerch Strait, returned to Ukraine as part of  the prisoner swap with Russia. Eleven political prisoners were also exchanged. Among them were Oleh Sentsov, Olexandr Kolchenko, Mykola Karpyuk, Roman Sushchenko, Pavlo Grib, Volodymyr Baluch, Stanislav Klyh, Yevheniy Panov, Adam Bekirov, Alex Sisonovich, and Arthur Panov.

According to Denisova, Russia holds in its territory and in the annexed Crimea another 110 Ukrainian citizens.

According to the Ukrainian Security Service,  227 Ukrainian citizens are held captive by pro-Russian militants in the Donbas.

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