Militants have confirmed to hold 57 hostages, but the trade-off for their release has not yet been reached. This was reported after a meeting in Minsk by the current First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukraine's parliament), Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral contact group, Iryna Gerashchenko, on her Facebook page.
According to her, the Ukrainian side has made a specific proposal for the release of several seriously ill people and elderly, in particular, particularly, religious scholar and historian Ihor Kozlovsky, whose health significantly deteriorated.
"Unfortunately, we received a flat refusal from Donbas representatives. Presently, there is no compromise on our proposals for the release of 57 other hostages either. They demand the release of more than 700 people (more and more every meeting) people, who committed crimes against Ukraine, including serious ones (this list includes murderers and those who have nothing to do with the conflict in Donbas, but are involved in the terrorist attacks in Odessa and Kharkiv)," Gerashchenko said.
As it was reported earlier, Russian Federation has groundlessly detained a Ukrainian citizen and brought him to illegal armed militants in Donbas.