There is now more ambiguity and contradictions in the case of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, calling on London to answer the questions previously raised by the Russian side. […] The political version of the incident presented by the United Kingdom was not credible, because there were many ambiguities and contradictions in the case.
There is a need to remind that Ukraine is far from being a sovereign state and there is no need to talk about the merits of Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the exchange of prisoners. Ukraine is a node where the interests of Russia, the U.S., and the EU converge. And by taking into account the considerable influence of the last two on Ukrainian politics we can be sure that the exchange was coordinated by the Western “partners”.
The task was not to return the Ukrainian “heroes” who had been kept in the dungeons of the Kremlin. The real reason was to reduce the demonisation of Russia.
This is a disinformation narrative delegitimising the sovereignty of the Ukrainian authorities and, in this case, their role in the latest prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia that took place on 7 September 2019.
The exchange process was initiated by the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on 7 August 2019.
“On 7 August 2019 I had a conversation with the Russian president Vladimir Putin. We agreed on the first stage of unlocking our dialogue and the first stage in ending the war, namely the return of our military and our sailors. We agreed to create working groups and we created them,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on September 7 after greeting the Ukrainian prisoners.
In the middle of August, Ukraine and Russia agreed to form a working group which would develop the exact plan of exchange. However, the key decisions were made by the Presidents of Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
"The working groups have been created and we have agreed that, within a month, we should speak very substantively, work hard, without lies, and bring our men home," Volodymyr Zelenskyy explained.
Negotiations on the exchange were held in complete secrecy, since both sides were fearing that any leaks could derail the swap.
Ukraine is a sovereign country. Its sovereignty is recognised by most of the world. Russia recognised Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity in a Friendship Treaty signed in 1997 but has been violating it since the occupation of Crimea and the start of the war in Donbas.