By Tatyana Chistikova, Yuliya Talmazan and Linda Givetash
MOSCOW — Russia and Ukraine completed a major prisoner exchange Saturday in a move that raised hopes for eased tensions between the two countries, who have been at war since 2014.
Planes landed almost simultaneously in the countries' capitals, each carrying 35 prisoners.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the highly-anticipated swap, which came after lengthy negotiations, would be “a good step” toward the normalization of relations between Moscow and Kiev.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was at Boryspil airport Saturday to greet the prisoners as they returned home.
Zelenskiy, who made peace between the two countries one of his key election promises when he ran for office earlier this year, said all steps had to be taken "to finish this horrible war."