Militants keep blackmailing Ukraine on hostages release issue - Herashchenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian-backed combatants also trying to artificially reduce the number of captives, the MP said
13:13, 22 October 2015

Militants trying to tie the release of hostages with the amnesty of militants, even though these are two different points of the Minsk agreements, the Presidential Envoy for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Donbas, people's deputy from Petro Poroshenko Bloc Iryna Herashchenko stated via Facebook.

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"So, militants publicly voiced those unacceptable positions, with which for several months they trying to blackmail Ukraine on the issue of the hostages. In fact, they publicly took responsibility for the failure of performance of the Minsk Agreement, linking two completely different points and issues. They are trying to link the release of our heroes with the amnesty of bandits.

In addition, Iryna Herashchenko claimed that militants trying to reduce the number of captives detained in order to “turn the issue of their release into an obscene bargaining”.

Related: Militants ruined Minsk talks on hostages release - Security Service

Ukraine's position, according to Herashchenko, remains immutable: the unconditional release of all hostages - an obligatory item Minsk Agreement – should have been implemented long time ago. Amnesty of militants might become possible after the return of the occupied Donbas under the sovereignty of Ukraine and disengagement of illegal armed groups out there.

"We will force in all possible ways, requiring to execute Minsk agreements with regard to release of hostages,"  the MP said.

According to the Security Service of Ukraine, 153 Ukrainian citizens still remain in captivity of militants of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics. 

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