In order to improve ties and after lengthy negotiations, prisoners arrived in Kiev and Moscow. Both the countries have exchanged dozens of prisoners, releasing 35 prisoners each in what could be a very significant milestone towards easing the tensions between the two neighboring countries.Planes carrying Russian and Ukrainian prisoners landed at Kiev’s Boryspil and Moscow’s Vnukovo airports on Saturday. The move was hailed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as the exchange was the first step towards ending the long war in Ukraine’s east and returning territory annexed by Moscow.”We have taken the first step,” he said after greeting the former prisoners at the airport in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev.”We have to take all the steps to finish this horrible war,” he said, pledging to also return “our territory”.The exchange took place after lengthy negotiations and was the first since 2017. Those released by Russia include a Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who was allegedly accused and convicted of plotting “terrorists” acts, which he had denied of and all 24 Ukrainian sailors who were captured last year’s November in the Sea of Azov.According to SBU security service of Ukraine, Vladimir Tsemakh, who is suspected of involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was released as a part of the swap. The MH17 crash killed nearly 300 people flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in 2014.