People’s Republics Of Donbass And Ukraine Conduct Large-Scale Prisoner Exchange


People's Republics Of Donbass And Ukraine Conduct Large-Scale Prisoner Exchange

Click to see the full-size image. Troops of the Lugansk People’s Republic stand near the prisoner swap check point

On December 29, the prisoner swap over the past two years took place between the self-proclaimed Donestk and Lugansk People’s Republics (the DPR and the LPR) and the Kiev regime. The prosiner exchanges were conducted in two rounds: between Kiev and the LPR, and between Kiev and the DPR.

According to available data, Kiev handed over 60 people to the DPR, while the DPR released 52 persons. The LPR released 25 persons, and Kiev handed over 63 persons to the LPR. Kiev, the LPR and the DPR said their list could be longer, as some people asked to be repatriated shortly before the exchange.

People released by the Kiev regime are in the DPR:

The prisoner exchange once again revealed the real face of the conflict. While the Kiev regime continues to claim that it’s fighting some mysterious “Russian invasion”, over 90% of the people handed over to the LPR and the DPR do have the Ukrainian citizenship. The rest is foreign, including Russian, volunteers. For example, Rafael Lusvarghi that has the Brazilian citizenship, was handed over by Kiev to the LPR. In 2014, Lusvarghi joined LPR self-defense forces and particiapted in repelling the agression of the Kiev regime against the peaceful population of eastern Ukraine.

The prisoner swap is an important step that signs some progress in the de-escalation of the conflict. Despite this, the real situation in the region remains tense with the Ukrainian Armed Forces violating the ceasefire regime on a regular basis. The Kiev regime remains committed to denying basic rights to people of the DPR and the LPR and still seeks to conduct large-scale political repressions and ethnic cleansing in the area. This factor remains the main obstacle to the conflict settlement via any existing diplomatic format.