Future prospects of prisoner swap between Russia, Ukraine unclear so far, Kremlin says

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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# 25 January 2024 11:52 (UTC +04:00)

The future prospects of prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine are unclear so far, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, APA reports citing TASS.

When asked whether the swap has been put on hold by now, he said that "nothing can be said" regarding the future prospects of this process so far.

Speaking about the consequences of the elimination of Russia’s Il-76 military transport plane by the Ukrainian armed forces, Peskov said that "no one can tell how this will affect the prospects of the continuation of this process (prisoner swap - ed.)." "But I should repeat that this is a process (prisoner swap - ed.) that should be held in absolute silence," he added.

Note that, on January 24, a Russian Il-76 military transport plane was shot down over the Belgorod Region that was carrying captured Ukrainian troops selected to be included in the exchange. There were 74 people on board, including 65 Ukrainian military personnel, all of whom were killed.

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