"They heard the voices of their relatives for the first time in many months. They hope that they will finally be exchanged according to the Minsk agreement," the author of the article writes.
Militants allowed to call their families to Serhiy Hladky, Anatoly Kucheria, Vladyslav Laktionov, Oleh Yakunin, Oleksandr Ishchuk, Artem Kryn and Valentyn Bohdan.
According to the agenccy, the prisoners were allowed to call their relatives on the orders of the "LNR" leader Igor Plotnitsky.
As it was reported earlier the Ukrainian military and illegal armed units of pro-Kremlin mercenaries have exchanged the lists of POW that are due to be exchanged in the near time – perhaps, a month from now. A source in the SBU, Ukraine’s state security service reported that.
The list filed by mercenaries is much longer than the one by Ukrainian side; however, it remains uncertain how many persons are there in these lists. According to the SBU’s interlocutor, most of the POWs whom the militants intend to exchange are Ukrainian military servicemen and those ‘suspected in cooperation with the SBU, military intelligence, Border Guard or Special Operations Forces.’