September 7, 2019 / 11:33 AM / 9 days ago

Plane carrying Ukrainians freed in Russia in prisoner swap arrives in Kiev: Reuters witness

A recently exchanged Ukrainian prisoner embraces his relative upon arrival in Kiev after Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap, at Borispil International Airport, outside Kiev, Ukraine September 7, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

KIEV (Reuters) - A plane carrying Ukrainians freed in a prisoner exchange with Russia landed in Kiev on Saturday, a Reuters witness said.

The prisoners’ relatives were lined up on the tarmac and loudly cheered the aircraft’s arrival.

The long-awaited swap could ease volatile tensions over Moscow’s annexation five years ago of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams; editing by Mark Heinrich

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