Ukraine and Russia-Backed Separatists Have Conducted a Mass Prisoner Swap
Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists have conducted a mass prisoner swap, marking the largest such deal since the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine broke out in 2014, Al Jazeera reports.
The captives - who include activists and journalists - were exchanged on Wednesday near the town of Horlivka, northeast of Donetsk.
Under the terms of the agreement, 74 Ukrainian soldiers were expected to be swapped for 306 pro-Russian separatists. However, Ukraine handed over some 235 people - the others either chose to stay in Ukraine or had been released earlier, according to Ukrainian officials.
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