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Russia: Ukrainian politicians Medvedchuk and Rabinovich in Moscow amid prisoner swap talks00:56

Russia: Ukrainian politicians Medvedchuk and Rabinovich in Moscow amid prisoner swap talks

Russian Federation, Moscow
August 30, 2019 at 14:38 GMT -00:00 · Published

Ukrainian legislators Viktor Medvedchuk and Vadim Rabinovich arrived at Moscow's Lefortovo detention facility on Friday to visit Ukrainian prisoners amid reports of a possible prisoner exchange between Moscow and Kiev.

Medvedchuk confirmed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's team is holding talks on the swap but that "so far, there is no readiness."

"I think that this readiness should come and then it will all happen. When will it be, unfortunately, this date is not known yet," he said.

Rumours of a possible prisoner swap between Kiev and Moscow started early on Friday morning, with General Prosecutor of Ukraine announcing that Ukrainian prisoners were already on the way home.

The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy later rejected the reports, saying that negotiations are still ongoing.

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Ukrainian legislators Viktor Medvedchuk and Vadim Rabinovich arrived at Moscow's Lefortovo detention facility on Friday to visit Ukrainian prisoners amid reports of a possible prisoner exchange between Moscow and Kiev.

Medvedchuk confirmed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's team is holding talks on the swap but that "so far, there is no readiness."

"I think that this readiness should come and then it will all happen. When will it be, unfortunately, this date is not known yet," he said.

Rumours of a possible prisoner swap between Kiev and Moscow started early on Friday morning, with General Prosecutor of Ukraine announcing that Ukrainian prisoners were already on the way home.

The office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy later rejected the reports, saying that negotiations are still ongoing.

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