Next POW swap between Kiev and militia possible after New Year

The leadership of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic believes that the next exchange of POWs with Kiev may take place after the New Year holidays.

The leadership of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic believes that the next exchange of POWs with Kiev may take place after the New Year holidays.

"Most likely, we will be able to speak about the next [POW] swap only after the New Year holidays. Its final date will depend on when we and Kiev manage to finalize and agree our POW lists," Vladislav Deinego, LPR chief negotiator to the trilateral Contact Group's meetings in Minsk, told Interfax.

The lists earlier provided by Kiev included only militia supporters whose cases were handled by the Ukrainian Security Service, he said.

"The cases of another 120 people are being handled by Ukrainian courts and 19 more are being held under house arrest. These people have not been handed over to us," Deinego said.

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