The agreement must ensure the prisoner exchange in Østukraine before the new year

Progress in the conflict will come after the summit meeting in Paris between Vladimir Putin and the Ukraine's Volodimir Zelenskij. An international group wor

The agreement must ensure the prisoner exchange in Østukraine before the new year

Progress in the conflict will come after the summit meeting in Paris between Vladimir Putin and the Ukraine's Volodimir Zelenskij.

An international group working with the conflict in eastern Ukraine, reached on Monday an agreement on an exchange of prisoners before the end of the year. This was stated by the representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE.

Martin Sajdik, who speaks on behalf of the working group, confirms that an agreement on a prisoner exchange signed between the Ukrainian government in Kyiv, on the one hand, and political leaders in the Donetsk and Lugank on the other side.

A Russian representative in the contact group, Boris Grislov, says to the journalists that the group has entered into an agreement with the help of brokers from both Russia and the OSCE.

There is no published information on the time and place of fangeudvekslinger. There is also no information about. how many prisoners will be exchanged.

Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, and his Ukrainian colleague, Volodimir Zelenskij, was at a meeting in Paris earlier in december agreed to commit itself to a comprehensive ceasefire in eastern Ukraine before the end of the year.

the Parties were at the meeting on 9. december also agreed on an "all for all"prisoner exchange before the end of the year.

At the summit on Monday had both mr Putin and Zelenskij separate bilateral meetings with the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, and Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Russia had previously sent signals that the country was ready to negotiate with Zelenskij, as the russians have called "sympathetic" and "serious".The negotiations are based on a peace plan at a meeting in Minsk in 2015.

Since Russia in the 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula, has the relationship between Russia and Ukraine has been very tense.

the Conflict in eastern Ukraine escalated in 2013 during a popular revolt in Kiev in protest against president Viktor Yanukovych who refused to sign an agreement on closer relations with the EU.

In February 2014 were riots in the country intensified. Yanukovych fled to Russia, and a provestlig government took over. Thus was the prorussiske groups in the east weakened.

In march 2014 annexed to Russia the Crimea and the separatists in Østukraine created folkerepublikker in Donetsk and Lugansk.The armed conflict in Ukraine since 2014 claimed the lives of over 13,000 people. Meanwhile, over a million people displaced.

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Updated Date: 23 December 2019, 18:00

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