As of August 14, 235 Ukrainians are illegally detained in the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This was reported by the State Security Serice (SBU) press service, as cited by Radio Liberty.
"According to the information of the Joint Center, 235 people are listed as illegally deprived of their freedom in the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions," the message says.
At the same time, the SBU added that "the issue of the release of Ukrainian citizens who were unlawfully deprived of their liberty by law enforcement and judicial bodies of the Russian Federation is brought up to the level of international contacts and resolved with the participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine."
Recently, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine has already transferred new lists for the exchange of detainees to the OSCE. He also noted that the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) meeting on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas will take place on August 18, despite the protests in Belarus.
Head of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG Leonid Kravchuk said that the exact number of people who are planned to be exchanged will become known during the videoconference of the TCG participants.
The last exchange of detainees took place on April 16 - 20 Ukrainian citizens who were illegally detained in the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions were returned to the controlled territory of the Ukrainian government.