DONETSK REGION, UKRAINE – DECEMBER 29, 2019: Preparing for an exchange between Ukraine and the Donbass republics, the first one in two years, at the Mayorsk checkpoint on the line of contact. Alexander Reka/TASS Óêðàèíà. Äîíåöêàÿ îáëàñòü.  îæèäàíèè íà÷àëà ïåðâîãî çà äâà ãîäà îáìåíà ïëåííûìè ÄÍÐ è ËÍÐ ñ Óêðàèíîé íà ëèíèè ñîïðèêîñíîâåíèÿ ñòîðîí â ðàéîíå ÊÏÏ “Ìàéîðñê” ïîä Ãîðëîâêîé. Àëåêñàíäð Ðåêà/ÒÀÑÑ

DONETSK/LUGANSK, January 16. /TASS/. The People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR respectively) will unilateral hand over a group of detainees to Ukraine with the mediation of Viktor Medvedchuk, the head of the Political Council of Ukraine’s Opposition Platform – For Life party, the Donbass republics said in a joint statement released on Saturday.

“The leadership of the Donetsk People’s Republic alongside the leadership of the Lugansk People’s Republic decided to unilaterally hand some Ukrainian nationals held in custody over to the Ukrainian side with the mediation of Viktor Medvedchuk,” says the republics’ statement obtained by TASS.

“He was notified of this decision in a relevant letter yesterday. The group brings together women, elderly and severely ill persons,” the statement reads. The exact number of the detainees expected to be handed over to Kiev has not been reported yet.

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