Seventy-three Ukrainians, who have been held in the areas outside Kyiv's control, were freed during the exchange of captives in Donbas on Wednesday, Verkhovna Rada First Deputy Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko, who represents Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group's humanitarian subgroup, has said. They spoke after a meeting in Moscow mediated by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. It is not immediately clear if this covers all prisoners of war. Ukraine had pledged to release 306 people in exchange.
Germany welcomed on Wednesday a suggestion by Russian President Vladimir Putin that armed UN peacekeepers could be deployed to eastern Ukraine to help protect ceasefire monitors, but said any prospect of lifting sanctions was still a way off. Putin said on Tuesday that Russia meant to draft a UN Security Council resolution to this end, saying it would help resolve the problem in eastern Ukraine, though he also said preconditions would have to be met before any deployment.
In a phone call in November, Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, had urged the separatist leaders to exchange prisoners with the Ukrainian government. Putin is godfather to Medvedchuk's daughter.
One of first Ukrainian prisoners falls off bus during exchange of prisoners at a checkpoint near town of Gorlivka. On same day, 23 December, warring parties in east of that country agreed anor ceasefire for end of year, but two days later re were new recriminations mutual attacks.
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For better crowd management, all stations will have Platform Screening Doors which are installed ahead of the Metro coach gates. Aditynath said that in the nine months of his rule, he was taking decisions without any partisan attitude or self interest.
According to the United Nations, more than 10,000 people - including both combatants and civilians - have died in eastern Ukraine since the conflict erupted in 2014.
OSCE observers have been monitoring the situation in Ukraine since 2014.
There was no immediate comment from the authorities in Moscow, which Ukraine and its Western allies accuse of supporting the pro-Russian separatists with troops, cash and heavy weapons, an accusation Moscow denies. Although the state department did not specify what weaponry it was sending, reports said Kiev would receive American-made Javelin anti-tank missiles. The Obama administration had consistently refused to approve Kiev's requests for USA lethal weaponry because it said the move risked provoking a risky escalation in the conflict.
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