Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko (C), who was freed from jail in Russia as part of a prisoner exchange, talks to the media upon arrival at Kiev's Boryspil airport on May 25, 2016. (AFP PHOTO)
KIEV, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian government plans to carry out another prisoner exchange with pro-independence insurgents in the eastern part of the country in spring, local media reported Wednesday.
The prisoner swap is expected to happen in January or February, local 112 TV-channel reported, citing a government official.
According to Viktor Medvedchuk, a supervisor for the prisoner swap from the Ukrainian government, Kiev would free 74 rebel supporters in exchange for 29 Ukrainian soldiers and pro-government civilians.
Last week, Kiev and the insurgents carried out the largest prisoner swap since the start of the conflict in the country's eastern part in April 2014.
The rebels in Donetsk and Lugansk handed over 73 Ukrainian soldiers and pro-government civilians to Kiev in exchange for 233 rebel supporters.
The swap deal was nailed during the meeting of the Contact Group on the Ukraine crisis in Minsk, Belarus.
The Contact Group, comprising of Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, is set to hold its next meeting on Jan. 10.