United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today welcomed the exchange of detainees between Russia and Ukraine on the 7th of this month, praising the efforts of all those who contributed to this agreement and its implementation, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelinski.
In a press release issued by Guterres' spokesman on the UN News Center website, Guterres urged all parties concerned to take further measures in this spirit and to ensure the continuation of momentum on the path of ongoing peace efforts, including ensuring a permanent ceasefire, improving humanitarian conditions and allowing for Progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. ”
"We hope that this important humanitarian action will be a first step towards strengthening confidence among all and allowing for regular and constructive dialogue at all levels to pave the way for a settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine," Guterres said.
Russia's human rights commissioner Tatyana Moskulkova announced the completion of the exchange of detainees between Russia and Ukraine, with 35 people from Russia and 35 from Ukraine crossing the border between the two countries, hoping to close criminal cases against citizens of Russia and Ukraine in the process.
Zelinski had a telephone conversation with the Russian president after the completion of the exchange and described the exchange of detainees Zelinski as the first phase of the implementation of his agreements with Putin.
Putin and Zelensky discussed the issue of the detainees during their first telephone conversation last July.