Russian side started showing their interest in the issue of hostage release, which was discussed in Minsk on Tuesday, November 8. Yuriy Tandit, the adviser to the head of the SBU, reported that on air of Radio Liberty.
"Two days go we received the information (specifically, from the territory of the Russian Federation) about our compatriots. We shall check this information. It’s quite possible, that there is somebody alive from the missing list,” said the adviser to the head of the SBU.
According to him, there are 109, and not 47, people illegally detained on the occupied territory of Donbas. Besides, Ukrainian side knows the exact location of 50 of them.
"We asserted that the information we get from the separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is not correct. We are working with the incorrect lists all the time,” he said.
Tandit also reminded that 494 persons are considered missing. He expressed hope that somebody of them is alive.
“Yesterday it seemed to me, that Russia acted keenly (in the question of hostage release, - ed.). Hope that they will take certain actions to influence those taking decisions in Donetsk and Luhansk to release the hostages,” Tandit summed up.
Earlier OSCE also noted tangible improvements in discussion of humanitarian issues on Donbas during the meeting of the Trilateral contact group in Minsk on November 8.