Conflicting reports about prisoner exchange in Ukraine

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 26, 2014 at 10:10 a.m.



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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — There are conflicting reports about a major exchange of war prisoners that was supposed to be taking place today in Ukraine. One Russian news agency says it's been completed, while another says it's been pushed back by a day.

The pro-Russia rebels had been set to release 150 Ukrainian prisoners in exchange for the Ukrainian government releasing 222 captives.

Russia's state television showed Ukrainian war prisoners boarding buses in the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk before being driven to a location north of the city where the exchange was to take place.

The exchange had been tentatively planned for earlier this week, and the failure to conduct it pushed back another round of Ukraine peace talks in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The talks were set for today but were adjourned indefinitely.

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