December 31, 2019 / 10:46 AM / 2 months ago

Putin and Zelenskiy agree to work on new prisoner swap

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy arrive for a working session during a summit on the conflict in Ukraine at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France December 9, 2019. Ian Langsdon/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskiy have agreed to begin work immediately on a new prisoner swap, Ukraine’s presidential office said.

Putin and Zelenskiy agreed in a phone call on Tuesday to draw up a list of Ukrainians, including those held in Russian-annexed Crimea, and Russians held in Ukraine, for an exchange, it said.

On Sunday, Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine completed a large-scale prisoner swap.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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