Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview show that Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested prisoners exchange based on an all-for-all principle, the Kyiv Post reported Wednesday.
About one-third of the inhabitants of Russian Federation consider Ukraine a fraternal country, but about 40% blame the crisis on bilateral relations Kyiv. Filmmaker Sentsov, Ukraine's most famous political prisoner, is serving a 20-year sentence in a Russian penal colony for planning "terrorist attacks" in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.More news: New boss of BMW 'will provide brand with fresh momentum'
In addition, dozens of Russian citizens and separatist supporters are in Ukrainian custody, facing charges of treason and inciting separatism.
"In general, any step on releasing people would be only welcomed", Peskov told reporters, when asked what could be the first step toward Russian-Ukrainian dialogue.More news: Priyanka Chopra's Lavish 5-Tier Birthday Cake Was 'As Big As Her'
A court in Kiev is expected to rule whether to extend Vyshinsky's detention later Friday.
On Nov. 25, Russia seized three Ukrainian warships and 24 sailors on board near the Kerch Strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, accusing them of breaching the Russian border. His supporters call the prosecution of Sentsov, who staunchly opposed the annexation of Crimea, politically motivated. Zelensky said Friday that Kiev was ready to release 52-year-old Kyrylo Vyshynsky, a journalist working for Russia's RIA Novosti state news agency, in exchange for Sentsov.More news: Real Madrid ready to move Welsh star Bale
"According to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, the Russian occupational command stepped up measures to force the personnel of formations and unit 1 (Donetsk) and unit 2 (Luhansk) of the army corps of the Russian Armed Forces to apply for Russian passports", he said at a briefing on Friday.