Some of the supporters of the so-called ‘Donetsk People’s Republic’ face prosecutions, having returned to the militant-controlled area of Donetsk region. According to Ukraine’s military intelligence, the local ‘authorities’ persecute and arrest people who were previously captured by Ukrainian special services and then released during the recent POW exchange.
The Ukrainian military agency reports that the defendants are charged with collaboration with Ukraine’s special services.
‘In December 2017, workers of the Ministry of State Security of DNR detained Serhiy Sirenko, who was previously passed to the so-called ‘republic’ within the exchange procedure; earlier this month, they detained Maksym Harmash and Serhiy Babich under the same accusations,’ Ukraine’s military intelligence said.
In all these cases, the court sentences stipulate from 14.5 to 18 years of imprisonment in high-security penal colonies.
As 112 International reported, on December 27, Ukraine and so-called ‘people’s republics’ exchanged hostages held in captivity for a while. 73 Ukrainian citizens and 233 residents of the occupied territories returned home.