Contents tagged with Prisoners

  • Kuchma’s press secretary: Separatists refuse to negotiate on prisoner exchange

    In the framework of the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, separatist representatives from the self-proclaimed Republics of the Donbas refuse to hold negotiations regarding the release of prisoners. This was reported on the Facebook page of Darka Olifer, the press-secretary of the Ukrainian representative in the Trilateral Contact Group, Leonid Kuchma, regarding the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas.

    According to Olifer, representatives from the so-called DPR and LPR “ …

  • Poroshenko agrees with Merkel’s call for stronger sanctions against Russia

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, conducted a telephone call with the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. Both parties agreed to intensify the work in the Normandy format and in other sectors, the Presidential press service reported. In particular, the call concerned the development of a clear roadmap for the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, including Russia’s fulfillment of the security component.

    As noted in the report, the President of Ukraine pointed out Russia’s …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: The number of prisoners of war held by Ukraine is much lower than separatists claim

    The Advisor to the Head of Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), Yuri Tandit, stated on the 112 Ukraine TV Channel that more than 300 people from the list received from separatists have never been in Ukraine. According to him, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) stated that Ukraine holds 602 prisoners. “We don’t understand where these figures came from,” Tandit said.

    Tandit clarified that Ukrainian officials received data on 1102 prisoners in Minsk in 2015. SSU analyzed this information. “I took …

  • Herashchenko: Separatists threaten Ukrainian detainees with up to 30 years imprisonment

    Pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas region transferred the Ukrainian hostages to jail and threatened them with up to 30 years of imprisonment, as written on Facebook by the President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks regarding the War in Donbas, Iryna Herashchenko.

    "The prisoners are still in jail, even in the worst conditions, because they were transferred to a pre-trial detention center and threatened with up to a 30-year imprisonment," Herashchenko said.

    "In April, when the …

  • Separatists hand over 23 prisoners to Ukrainian authorities

    The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic has transferred 23 detainees to Ukraine who wished to serve their sentence within the territories controlled by Ukrainian authorities, as stated by the Press Service of the Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, Valeriya Lutkovska.

    "Today, on the 21st of July, 2016 a regular transfer of prisoners was made from the uncontrolled territory of the Government of Ukraine", the message stated.

    It is reported that the convicts served …

  • Ukrainian Armed Forces: Ukrainian soldier was taken prisoner by separatists

    The Spokesperson of the Presidential Administration on issues in the conflict zone, Colonel Andriy Lysenko, stated at a daily briefing that a Ukrainian serviceman was taken prisoner by members of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic in Marinka.

    “Yesterday, a group of Ukrainian servicemen went for a patrol at the request of local residents in order to detect explosive devices on the road that civilians would often use. Our group was ambushed during the patrol. As a result of these events, …

  • Ukraine accuses separatists of blocking the release of prisoners

    Another meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on settling the security situation in the Donbas region has been concluded in Minsk as reported by the Press Secretary of the Ukrainian Representative Leonid Kuchma, Daria Olifer, on her Facebook page.

    "The main issue for Ukraine is security. Attacks using weapons banned by the Minsk Agreements continues in the Donbas region. These attacks are also conducted in the areas designated for clearance. The full implementation of the safety conditions …

  • Security Service of Ukraine is negotiating for the release of 25 prisoners

    The advisor to the Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine, Yuriy Tandit, said that Ukraine is negotiating the early release of 25 Ukrainian prisoners held in the Donbas. This was reported by Interfax-Ukraine with reference to the ICTV channel.

    "We are ready to compromise and the exchange of 25 hostages for 50 is now being discussed," Tandit said. According to him, Kiev is making a maximum effort to release the prisoners.

    Recently, there had been no progress in the negotiations on the …

  • Kiev to ask for the Vatican's help to secure release of prisoners

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko believes that representatives of the Vatican could join the negotiations on the release of illegally detained Ukrainians. He discussed this issue with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

    "We have agreed to coordinate our actions on the involvement of the Holy See in the humanitarian missions to free the hostages," Poroshenko said during a joint briefing with Parolin in Kyiv on Friday. Poroshenko also asked the Vatican to assist in …

  • Center for Civil Liberties: More than 30 Ukrainians are imprisoned in Russia

    The Head of the Center for Civil Liberties, Olexandra Matviychuk, reported that Russia continues to hold no less than 31 people behind bars after the release of Nadiya Savchenko. Sixteen of them are Crimean Tatars. The Center noted that Oleg Sentsov, Alexey Chirnyi, Alexander Kolchenko and Gennady Afanasiev are imprisoned in Russia as so-called Crimean terrorists.

    Ukrainian citizens, Mykola Karpyuk and Stanislav Klykh, were imprisoned in a fabricated criminal case against senior Ukrainian …