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144 Ukrainians remain hostages to Donbas militants
20:03, 2 September 2017
144 Ukrainians remain hostages to Donbas militants

In recent days, the figure has increased slightly due to the fact that ordinary civilians were detained

20:03, 2 September 2017

Unian

As of September 2, 144 Ukrainians remain hostages to pro-Russian militants. This was stated on the air of 112 Ukraine TV channel by adviser to Security Service chairman Yuri Tandyt.

"In recent days, unfortunately, the figure has increased slightly due to the fact that ordinary civilians were detained, who had no weapons and were not on the line of demarcation, and were not members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They are accused of espionage and other crimes, which they did not commit," said the adviser to the SSU head.

Tandyt also called on all citizens who are now near the line of demarcation to remember that there is the danger not only for their health, but for their life.

"Curfews are introduced there, Ukrainian laws do not work, and people can be detained without trial and investigation," he stressed.

Earlier we reported that the process of releasing hostages was still blocked by the position of the militants, reported Daria Olifer, the Ukrainian representative in the Trilateral Contact Group.

“The release of the hostages remains one of the main issues of the Trilateral Contact Group’s work. This process remains blocked due to the unconstructive position of the militants: their representatives want 42 people, who have nothing to do with events in Donbas, to be released,” Olifer says.

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