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A recently exchanged Ukrainian prisoner is greeted upon arrival in Kiev A recently exchanged Ukrainian prisoner is greeted upon arrival in Kiev 

Pope Francis expresses joy over Russia-Ukraine prisoner exchange

At the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis expresses his joy over the exchange of Russian and Ukrainian prisoners, and prays for lasting peace in eastern Ukraine.

By Francesca Merlo

"Last week" said the Pope, "the long awaited exchange of prisoners between the Russian Federation and Ukraine took place".

He told the faithful gathered that he rejoices "for the people who have regained their freedom, and are able to re-embrace their loved ones". 

Pope Francis also said that he continues to pray "for a quick end to the conflict and for lasting peace in eastern Ukraine". 

Last week, 33 Russians who were being held in Ukraine, landed in Moscow. On the same day, 35 Ukrainians, being held in Russia, landed in Kiev.

15 September 2019, 12:22