MOSCOW – Russia and Ukraine have made a vital prisoner replace Saturday in a circulation that raised hopes of easing tensions between the two countries, which had been in battle since 2014.
The planes landed virtually simultaneously in the nation's capitals, each carrying 35 prisoners.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the long-awaited exchange, which takes place after prolonged negotiations, would be "a uniform step" towards normalizing relatives between Moscow and Kiev.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy made peace between the two countries one of his main electoral guarantees when he rushed to the workplace earlier this year.
Zelenskiy used to be at Kiev airport to greet the prisoners when they returned home on Saturday.
He said all steps wanted to be taken "to preserve this lower battle."
Among the freed Ukrainians were 24 sailors who were held by Russia in the Kerch Strait final november.
Russia accused the sailors of violating its border and held them in custody for almost 10 months. Ukraine insisted that men need to be treated as prisoners of battle.
Five years of battle between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed forces in Japan, Donbass of Ukraine killed 13,000 other people, despite a ceasefire signed in 2015.
The exchange could possibly set the stage for severe negotiations, although vital differences lie between the two countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron is pushing for a summit to focus on the train with Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France.
Russia's international ministry known as a replacement "is an important step."
“We want to strengthen this as powerful as imaginable perspective to solve complications, now for now not to irritate them. Political will and systematic work bear fruit, ”spokesman Maria Zakharova said on Facebook.
The prisoners released aboard the Russian plane were Kirill Vyshinsky, head of the intelligence division of the Russian agency RIA-Novosti in Ukraine, which had been in prison since 2018 for treason charges.
In addition, they also joined Vladimir Tsemakh, suspected of involvement in the crash of a Malaysia Airways flight over Ukraine in 2014.
Dutch prosecutors have informed Kiev now that they would not now allow Tsemakh to go to Russia, fearing that this could undermine the investigation. Flight MH17, which used to be en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Tatyana Chistikova reported from Moscow, with Yuliya Talmazan and Linda Givetash from London.