Ukraine and Separatists Begin Large Prisoner Exchange
They’re going home for the holidays. Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists have begun one of the largest prisoner swaps since the beginning of their nearly four-year conflict, one mandated by poorly observed 2015 peace agreements. Ukraine sent about 230 prisoners to the rebel-controlled Donetsk region for 74 of their own, fewer than initially announced as dozens refused to return to their home turf. Meanwhile, the U.S. announced last week it will begin sending weapons to help Ukraine’s government continue to wage a war that has so far killed more than 10,000.