All Russia-backed militants detained by the SBU (Ukraine’s Security Service) could be released in several hours as Kyiv always strictly adheres to the respective provisions of Minsk agreements. Yuriy Tandyt, Counselor to SBU Head, said this January 6 in an interview with 112 Ukraine TV channel. Accoding to Tandyt, the Security Service is “ready to pass the detainees who violated Ukraine’s territorial integrity, onto the enemy-controlled territory”.
Previously, leader of the self-proclaimed LPR Ihor Plotnitskiy claimed he ordered to release all Ukrainian servicemen, captured and held across the LPR-controlled area.
“I wouldn’t comment on that. We should check every promise, every single word, every bit of data, because lives of our guys depend on it. So, we do not announce the release of our servicemen officially. As for the so-called leader of the LPR and his statement, I’ll say that the winter holidays are a good reason to show mercy and finally solve the matter of POWs release. We do hope Russia will start to abide by the respective provisions of Minsk agreements”.
Tandyt also called the number of Ukrainian servicemen who currently stay in detention. “About 140 of our guys are kept hostages. A number of civilians are held in Luhansk, too”, he said. Previously, Iryna Gherashchenko, Ukraine’s Presidential Envoy on Humanitarian Issues, said 762 civilians are considered gone missing.
Earlier, Russia-backed militants said the exchange of prisoners wouldn’t take place before the New Year.