The Anti-Terrorist Center of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) reported that since the beginning of the armed conflict in the Donbas, 3,233 people have been released from the militants’ captivity.
"According to the information records of soldiers and civilians who were unlawfully imprisoned or went missing in the anti-terrorist operation zone, starting April 7, 2014, 3233 people are listed as found or released," said the Anti-Terrorism Center representatives, as quoted Novosti Donbasa news outlet.
Earlier, the Ukrainian Ministry for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons reported that in 2018 Ukraine paid seven million and seven hundred thousand hryvnias to the families of the Ukrainian prisoners, hostages and political prisoners who are being held or were previously held in Russia’s annexed Crimea or in the temporarily uncontrolled territory of Donbas.
Seventy-seven applicants received payments of hundred thousand hryvnias, and another 54 applicants were left without financial assistance. As noted by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the reasons for rejections could have been the failure to provide documents confirming the citizenship, the documents were submitted by the wrong person or not in full, or there was no proof confirming that the person is in captivity.