By: AFP | Moscow |
Published:November 16, 2017 12:04 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Source: Reuters/File)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said he would hold talks with the leaders of eastern Ukraine’s self-proclaimed pro-Russian republics, in a rare public move to get involved in a prisoner exchange deal with Kiev.

His apparent willingness and ability to intervene will add fuel to western government statements that Putin has been heavily involved in orchestrating events in eastern Ukraine.

In the early stages of the conflict, Russia repeatedly denied sending soldiers or weapons across the border but Putin has since admitted some Russian military personnel travelled to fight.

Asked to help speed up the prisoner exchange process between Kiev and separatist republics, Putin said: “I will do everything that is in my power.”

His remarks followed a meeting with Ukrainian politician…

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