DONETSK, November 3. /TASS/. An exchange of prisoners of war with Ukraine under a "107 for 107" formula is scheduled for Thursday; 65 residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics are to return home, the DPR’s acting head, Denis Pushilin, has said.
"Today, we are to welcome home 107 of our fighters released from Ukrainian dungeons. We are returning the same number of prisoners to Ukraine, mostly military personnel. In the group of POWs to be released to us there are 65 people from the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics," he wrote on his Telegram channel.
The last prisoner exchange took place on October 29. On that day, 50 allied soldiers returned home. Pushilin said that among them there were seven soldiers from the DPR and two from the LPR.Earlier, he stressed that the republic’s authorities were making every effort to secure the return of as many POWs as possible. He said that the DPR was ready to release many POWs, while Kiev was above all interested in the exchange of the most notorious figures, in particular members of the nationalist detachment Azov (banned in Russia as a terrorist organization), which has significantly slowed down the exchange process.