A long-awaited exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine has taken place. The swap could be a step toward easing relations between the countries and increase the chances of resolving the conflict in the eastern Ukraine.
Free after more than five years in a Russian jail, Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov tells DW about surviving torture, the Maidan uprising and his "little dream" of seeing Vladimir Putin answer for his actions in court.
Facing the press for the first time since being freed in a major prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia, the film director spoke of the suffering in Russian jails and issued a stark warning about Vladimir Putin.
After lengthy negotiations, Russia and Ukraine carried out a major prisoner exchange. While Ukraine saw prominent filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and others freed, Russia benefited most from the swap.
The president's office has denied reports that a prisoner exchange had already taken place. The deal — still under negotiation — could include filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted by Moscow in 2015 of terrorism.
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