Russia took more than 70 political prisoners of Ukraine, 24 among them were servicemen, who had been detained near Crimea by the Russian militants. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports this, according to Radio Freedom.
“Over 70 citizens of Ukraine had been detained by the Russian Federation Forces under falsified politically motivated accusations till February, 6. At least 30 persons are kept on the Russian territories (without taking into account those 24 servicemen of Ukrainian Naval Forces, detained near Kerch Strait) and over 40 persons are kept on the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Sevastopol”, - the Ministry reported.
As we reported earlier, Ukraine’s representative to the subgroup on humanitarian issues of the Trilateral Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Ukrainian Presidential Envoy for Donbas conflict settlement Iryna Gerashchenko stated Russia’s representatives to the group and subgroup on humanitarian issues refused from exchange of Russians convicted in Ukraine for Ukrainians illegally kept in Russia.
Russian representatives declined this offer stating that they were waiting for the change of power in Ukraine during the coming elections in 2019.