Daily Mail: Emotional scenes as prisoners freed by Russia and Ukraine are reunited with their families in the nations’ capitals in historic exchange that could spark major thaw in relations between Moscow and Kiev
* Planes landed at Vnukovo airport in Moscow and at Kiev’s Boryspil airport today in a landmark prisoner swap
* Each plane carried 35 prisoners, including 24 Ukrainian sailors and a journalist as relatives greeted them
* Notable filmmaker Oleg Sentsov was freed and met his family after being convicted of plotting terrorist acts
* Exchange could be step towards improving relations between Moscow and Kiev after five years of conflict
Planes carrying prisoners held captive by Russia and Ukraine today landed in the countries’ capitals as emotional relatives greeted their freed loved ones.
The planes, carrying 70 prisoners, landed almost simultaneously at Vnukovo airport in Moscow and at Kiev’s Boryspil airport.
The swap is hoped to ease tensions between the two nations after five years of bitter conflict leading to dozens of prisoners being held by the two ex-Soviet countries.
At the Ukrainian capital’s airport, tearful friends and family members stood on the tarmac waving as the plane taxied towards them, before they rushed to embrace the released captives.
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