Ukraine, separatists exchange 200 prisoners

Friends and relatives waves as a plane carrying former prisoners lands on September 7, 2019 at Boryspil international airport in Kiev after a long-awaited exchange of prisoners between Moscow and Kiev. (AFP)

Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists in the country’s war-torn east exchanged 200 prisoners on Sunday, swapping detained fighters for civilians and servicemen held captive in some cases for years in the breakaway regions.

“The mutual release of the detainees has ended,” the presidential office in Kiev said in a statement on Facebook.

The Ukrainian presidency said Kiev received 76 captives, while separatist officials said the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics took in a total of 124 people.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55