3, 224 prisoners were released from the occupied territories of Donbas by the Ukrainian special services from the beginning of the Donbas Conflict. Vasyl Hrytsak, the SBU Head reported this at the briefing as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
“The Joint center of search coordination of illegally detained persons, hostages and determination of the location of disappeared in Donbas Conflict zone was created and work as the SBU center since 2014. In the result of the detailed work of the center’s workers, volunteers, soldiers, prosecutor’s office and other departments, we succeeded to return and find 3, 224 prisoners,” he said.
According to him, the law enforcers were shocked by the state of the prisoners.
“We saw a lot of terrible things when we were taking our guys beaten up, cut, with broken phalangeal bones by pliers,” he noted.
As we reported the Ukrainian citizens released from the captivity of the pro-Russian militants of Donbas started to receive the compensations.
The last big exchange of prisoners took place in Donbas on Dec. 27. Then, 73 Ukrainians were released in exchange for 233 militants. The parties discussed the possibility of the next one and submitted the lists of individuals on Jan. 18 in Minsk.