Kyiv shares with Moscow lists of people for new exchange

Ukrainian ombudswoman

On 13 September, Ukrainian ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denysova spoke about the new list on the sidelines of the 16th annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy in Kyiv in a conversation with Interfax.

“The Ukrainian side has already prepared and submitted lists of citizens in Russia and occupied Crimea,” Denysova said.

Earlier at this very forum, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Ukrainian side was preparing new lists for the next stage of the exchange of detained persons with Russia.

“We are now talking about the next stage after our political prisoners, sailors. Frankly speaking, we are preparing other lists and waiting for the next stage of the exchange,” he said.

After that, Russian Prime Minister’s spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said that the Kremlin does not rule out the possibility of a new exchange with Ukraine, but it will require “painstaking and time-consuming work”.

Peskov added that the Kremlin “likes moch more Kyiv’s words that it is preparing a detailed roadmap for the Ukrainian side to fulfill its obligations in implementing the Minsk Agreements”.

Pavlo Hryb returned to Ukraine after an exchange of prisoners on 7 September 2019. Photo by

On 7 September, Ukraine and Russia exchanged 70 people in the 35-to-35 format. Among the released Ukrainians were director Oleh Sentsov, Ukrainian sailors and 20-year-old Pavlo Hryb, who had been kidnapped in Belarus.

According to the former chief military prosecutor of Ukraine, Anatoliy Matios, 13 convicts, who were handed over to Russia, were convicted of “desertion”, “terrorism” and “treason”. They asked the Ukrainian president for pardon.

Zelensky views the prisoner exchange as the first step towards dialogue with the Kremlin.

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