The exchange of prisoners of war: U.S. President Donald trump congratulated Ukraine and Russia «a giant step for peace»

Today, September 7, Ukraine and Russia made large-scale exchange of prisoners in the format «35 on 35».

Among the liberated Ukrainians were sailors, captured in December 2018 and the filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted by a Russian court to 20 years in prison for preparing terrorist attacks. After arrival at home Sentsov expressed hope that the remaining prisoners in Russia be released.

In turn, Ukraine has released 35 Russians, including a party to the destruction of the Malaysian Boeing MH-17 military Vladimir tsemakh and head of the «RIA Novosti-Ukraine» Kirill Vyshinsky.

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The President of the United States Donald trump devoted a tweet to the exchange of prisoners:

«Russia and Ukraine just traded a large number of prisoners. Very good news, perhaps the first giant step towards peace. Congratulations to both countries!»

The historical event also responded to the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, President of France Emmanuel macron, the representatives of the Council of Europe, OSCE, NATO and others.