Ukraine to discuss 'all-for-all' POW swap at Swiss peace summit — Zelenskyy

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy

A potential “all-for-all” prisoner-of-war exchange between Ukraine and Russia will be discussed at the June peace summit in Switzerland, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on May 3.

“It’s preferable to do an ‘all-for-all’ swap,” said Zelenskyy.

“All reasonable countries support this approach. We are conducting [POW] exchanges, but they are slower than we would like.”

At the same time, the president acknowledged that few countries believe such an exchange could take place before the war ends.

“This is one of the conditions for ending the war,” Zelenskyy added.

“I believe we have the opportunity to try to do it earlier. There is a practical venue — the peace summit [in Switzerland]. It will be practical [to discuss it] when the summit takes place.”

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The Global Peace Summit focused on the war in Ukraine will take place on June 15-16 in Bürgenstock, Switzerland. According to Bloomberg, between 80 to 100 countries may participate.

The latest POW exchange between Ukraine and Russia took place on Feb. 8.

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