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Ukraine Frees Jailed Russian Journalist Amid Prisoner Swap Talks

Vyshinsky, the head of Russia’s state-backed RIA Novosti news service in Ukraine, was detained a year and accused of encouraging pro-Russian separatists. Vyshinsky faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of these charges.

The Kremlin said on Wednesday the Moscow welcomed the movement to launch Vyshinsky but declined to comment on the prospect of a mutual gesture by Moscow or strategies to get a prisoner swap.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy stated last month that Kyiv could launch Vyshinsky if Moscow published Oleg Sentsov, a native of Crimea who compared the peninsula’s annexation by Moscow and that had been detained in 2015 on atomic charges.

Ukrainian forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists from the Donbas region of southern Ukraine because 2014, at a conflict that has claimed over 13,000 lives

Russia is holding heaps of Allied captives in the battle and 24 navy sailors that were seized from the Russian Navy from the coast of Crimea this past year.

Russia has stated the situation against Vyshinsky was a trumped-up and politically motivated assault on Russian press in Ukraine.

A senior Ukrainian official said last month that Ukraine and Russia had agreed on a prisoner swap, but gave no specific date for the trade and said preparatory processes could take a few months.