Russia says preparing prisoner handover to Kiev

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov stands inside a defendants' cage during a hearing at a military court in Rostov-on-Don, Russia on July 21, 2015Russia’s justice ministry on Friday said it was taking preliminary steps to hand over to Kiev four Ukrainian prisoners including film-maker Oleg Sentsov. If it goes ahead as part of an exchange, it would be the first prisoner swap between Kiev and Moscow since relations soured following the 2014 annexation of Crimea and subsequent pro-Kremlin insurgency in east Ukraine. The justice ministry said in a statement it had asked the federal prison service “to prepare the necessary papers to resolve the question of handing over the prisoners”, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.

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