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Ukraine proposes prisoner swap with Russia: Russian news agency chief for Ukrainian terrorist

Ukraine proposes prisoner swap with Russia: Russian news agency chief for Ukrainian terrorist

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office has proposed a prisoner exchange with Russia involving Ukrainian filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who is jailed in Russia, and Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky, who is in detention in Ukraine. The proposal came after Zelenskiy and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed by telephone a possible prisoner swap on July 11. Zelenskiy’s press secretary, Yulia Mendel, announced the proposal on Facebook late on July 18, hours after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov urged Kyiv to release Vyshinsky as a first step toward the normalization of relations between the two who remain on shaky footing over five years of hostilities since Russia annexed Crimea and with Russia-backed separatists still holding swaths of eastern Ukraine. Vyshinsky, the head of the office of Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency in Ukraine, was arrested in May 2018 on treason charges and faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty. A Kyiv court on July 19 extended his…
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