European Parliament passes resolution on Ukrainian political prisoners in Russian Federation

Action in support of Kirill Vyshinsky at Embassy of Ukraine

Action in support of Kirill Vyshinsky at Embassy of Ukraine

Zelensky shed light on his phone conversation with Putin during the interview aired on a number of Ukrainian TV channels, and said that he is convinced Ukrainian prisoners held both in Russian Federation and in Donbas and Crimea will be swapped.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview show that Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested prisoners exchange based on an all-for-all principle, the Kyiv Post reported Wednesday.

It also says that "Russian courts, whether military or civilian, are not entitled to judge acts committed outside the internationally recognized territory of Russia", and it points out that "judicial proceedings in such cases can not be regarded as legitimate".

Detained by Kiev in 2018, the journalist stands accused of treason.

It also says the European Union should consider sanctions on individuals "responsible for detention and trial of the political prisoners" in Russia and Russian-occupied Crimea.

"If we are talking about goodwill, and we really want this to happen soon, we are ready to swap Vyshinsky".

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But Russia's human rights ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova appeared to shoot down the offer, saying Vyshynsky should be released "without any preconditions".

"I ask the court to refuse to extend the remand in custody and to change the precautionary measure to a measure not connected to remand in custody, in particular, to release him on a personal guarantee", Vyshinsky's lawyer, Andriy Domansky, said.

He said the return of Vyshynsky "could be a great first step".

Earlier today, Moscow's Lefortovo District Court extended the detention of all 24 captive Ukrainian sailors until October this year.

A senior Ukrainian presidential official said this week that Kiev and Moscow agreed to exchange a certain number of prisoners over the next month.

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