Ukrainian human rights official says government will attempt to return 113 more prisoners from Russia
In an interview with the Russian business outlet RBC, Lyudmila Denisova said that the Ukrainian government intends to negotiate the release of 113 more Ukrainian prisoners currently held in Russia. Denisova is the human rights commissioner for the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament.
Denisova declined to answer a question about how many prisoners Russia would be willing to release in any upcoming exchange.
On September 7, the Russian and Ukrainian governments completed an exchange that released 35 prisoners in each country. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy subsequently said that he hopes to bring about the release of Crimean Tatar activists imprisoned in Russia during the next round of exchanges.