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OSCE SMM Coordinator meets less than a half of hostages from the list

Ukraine asked Frisch to visit 17 hostages
13:00, 13 September 2018

The Verkhovna Rada

OSCE SMM Coordinator Toni Frisch visited less than a half of the 17 hostages requested by the Ukrainian side in ORDLO prisons, as in Luhansk he was allowed to visit the people not requested by Kyiv, as Iryna Gerashchenko, First Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, said, Interfax reports.

“From the list we gave to Frisch he met with less than a half. He met with ten. There were a few we didn’t ask for,” Gerashchenko said.

She stressed that there were surnames which were not essential for the Ukrainian side.

Related: OSCE representative visits Ukrainian hostages in Donetsk

“The situation in Luhansk is worse than in Donetsk. The allowed to meet with wrong people, concerning whom we have compelling reasons for thinking that they are tortured,” Gerashchenko said.

“While in Donetsk Frisch had an opportunity to visit the military who have been on the occupied territories for a long time, illegally kept in prisons. You heard about Stanislav Aseyev… The situation in Luhansk is completely different – he saw, as he said, the convicted before 2014. Yet, he did not see our soldiers who are kept in isolation for two years,” Gerashchenko said.

Related: Zhadan: Occupied territories residents should be treated as hostages, not traitors

Earlier, it was reported that the Coordinator of the humanitarian group Frisch planned a visit to ORLO. He was to meet with Vladislav Ovcharenko and Denis Sekatsky and to question the location of journalist Stanislav Aseyev.

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