Volodymyr Ruban, the ex-head of the Centre for POW Release, suspected in preparation of a terrorist attack, is included in the list of hostage exchange from the terrorists’ DNR (Donetsk People’s Republic), as Valentyn Rybin, his lawyer, wrote on Facebook.
“Volodymyr Ruban is on hostage exchange list from DNR. Moreover, specific surnames for exchange are offered. The Ukrainian side did not express any interest in the offer, supposedly on the basis of personal promotion of some top politicians in Savchenko-Ruban case,” the lawyer wrote.
Earlier, Rybin informed that Ruban himself asked to include him in the exchange list from the occupants’ side. He passed his request to the “ombudsman” of the pro-Russian militants Daria Morozova through his lawyer.
Ruban was detained on March 8 at the Ukrainian checkpoint at the demarcation line of Donbas Conflict zone. It is stated that Ruban is suspected in the illegal handling of arms, preparation of a crime and terrorist action. Later the Shevchenkivsky District Court of Kyiv arrested Volodymyr Ruban, the Leader of Center of POW Release 'Officer Corps' for 60 days without a right to the bail. The Court extended the arrest on May 4 to July 2.
Nadiya Savchenko, Ukraine MP, is one of the defendants in Ruban’s case. Earlier, she intended to bail him out. Now, she is also under arrest, after Ukraine’s MPs agreed on that.
The hostages' exchange between Ukraine and ORDLO took place on December 27, 2017. 73 Ukrainian prisoners came back home. 233 people were transferred to the occupied territory.