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At the time, when in Russia Putin's press conference was held, when he told about the things we repeat every day to the mothers and families of the hostages – that the keys to the prisons in Russian Federation, and also in the occupied territories, are not in Donetsk or Luhansk, but in Kremlin, and exactly there people will decide who and when will be given to Ukrainian side - at the same time, we held in Kyiv, on the initiative of the Ukrainian side, a skype-conference of our humanitarian subgroup ...
I'm not naive, I understand, where decision on the release of hostages will be taken, but together with my colleagues, in spite of understanding of the whole unreality of our efforts, we are honestly fighting for every guy and made every effort to ensure their liberation this year.
Today, Putin reiterated his position of "all for all" exchange, that is, our civilians, seized in the occupied territories for their pro-Ukrainian views (and pro-Russian militants continue to seize them every day), and our soldiers who defended our land – would be exchanged for all those who have committed grave crimes against Ukraine, including severe murders.
This mantra today, word for word was repeated by ORDLO (separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions) representatives. They did not confirm the presence of 110 hostages, that SBU and the Minsk Group demand to release, but they say they have half. And they demand from the Ukrainian side to immediately transfer to ORDLO 700 people and they would release less than 50...
In the list of those whom they demand to release there are murderers and other persons who have committed the most serious crimes. In the list of those hostages confirmed by ORDLO, there is no information of those Ukrainians, whose fate is known to us. They just hide them and do not give any information about the release. That's the truth.
Today, during the skype conference, we asked questions on finding a compromise for the sake of the liberation of our guys before Christmas holidays, reminded ORDLO their promise to release teenagers, raised questions about immediate transfer to the Ukrainian side of a new hostage who was captured wounded during the hostilities few days ago.
There was no answer, or rather, in fact, the whole world heard today, the answer from the head of the Russian Federation: the film directors and journalists – they are saboteurs and terrorists, that the Ukrainian side would not amnesty all hostages, that the law on amnesty should be approved. Thus, ORDLO also shouted today about the amnesty…
How could we move on with this? It will be very difficult. Unfortunately, Russia is not ready to release hostages now. Russia is waiting for the new Trump’s administration, for the weakening of Norman format, is working on discrediting the Minsk Group, and promotes other destabilizing movements inside Ukraine.
I stifled tears, because we have done everything possible to free our guys now, not tomorrow. And mothers, and families do not always hear the arguments, and it's very, very difficult, because they live for hope and faith. We continue to work with the volunteers and the church, looking for every opportunity to release the hostages. We insist that the world should not be silent, that it should join the condemnation of the abuse of Ukrainians, who are being held hostages. Unfortunately, there are no news today after a Skype conference because ... so decided Moscow.