“We welcome the news of the exchange of prisoners and are pleased to note the encouraging signs of a more active dialogue and a reduction in tension between Russia and Ukraine,” the US Embassy in Russia said.

Earlier, the special board of the Rossiya detachment, which flew out of Kiev as part of the exchange of retained persons between Ukraine and Russia, landed in Moscow.

Also, a special board with returning citizens of Ukraine landed at the Boryspil airport.

The Kremlin called the exchange between Russia and Ukraine held. As the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, noted, “it is necessary to maintain this attitude to solve problems, rather than aggravate them.”