Ukraine, rebels to re­lease war cap­tives

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

NEGOTIATORS say an agree­ment has been reached for the re­lease by year’s end of hun­dreds of peo­ple held pris­oner in the war be­tween Ukrainian forces and Rus­sia-backed sep­a­ratists.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Rus­sia, Ukraine and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Se­cu­rity and Co­op­er­a­tion in Europe made the agree­ment Wed­nes­day in talks in the Be­laru­sian cap­i­tal Minsk.

It cov­ers 470 peo­ple, about three­quar­ters of them held by Ukraine. The ex­changes are to take place by the New Year hol­i­day pe­riod, said a spokesman for Ukraine’s negotiators, Darka Olifer

There have been spo­radic pre­vi­ous re­leases of cap­tives in the con­flict that be­gan in 2014, in which more than 10,000 peo­ple have died.

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