New York

08 September 2019

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General - on the prisoner exchange between the Russian Federation and Ukraine

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General welcomes the exchange of prisoners and detainees that took place between the Russian Federation and Ukraine on 7 September and commends all those who brought this to fruition, including President Volodymyr Zelensky and President Vladimir Putin. He hopes that this important humanitarian act could serve as a positive step towards strengthening confidence among all, enabling regular and constructive dialogue at all levels with a view to paving the way to an eventual settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.

The Secretary-General urges all relevant parties to take further measures in this spirit, to ensure continued momentum in the ongoing peace efforts by the Normandy Four, the Trilateral Contact Group, the OSCE and other actors, including by ensuring a durable ceasefire, easing humanitarian conditions along the contact line, and enabling progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements.