On December 29, after a two-year interval, Kiev and Donbass completed a major “all-for-all” prisoner exchange as part of the intra-Ukrainian crisis resolution. A total of 200 people were able to return back home. Their release was the result of the agreements reached at the December 9 Normandy format summit held in Paris as well as the political will shown by the new government of Ukraine.

Moscow welcomes this important humanitarian step, which has allowed dozens of people to reunite with their families and spend New Year’s Eve with friends and relatives. We expect that in 2020, the parties will continue implementing the entire Minsk Package of Measures, primarily in the political sphere, along with the “all-for-all” prisoner exchanges stipulated therein.


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation