“I held a working meeting with the British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons ... she informed that 241 Ukrainian citizens are held captive in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbass", Denisova said.
The Ombudsman also asked the ambassador to influence the International Committee of the Red Cross so that they strengthen their position regarding admission to the uncontrolled territories.
Earlier, representatives of the unrecognized "Donetsk People's Republic" said that it was impossible to exchange prisoners between Kyiv and certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions by the end of this year.
At the same time, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine was ready for a new stage in the disengagement of troops, mine clearance and the exchange of prisoners in Donbas.
The last exchange of prisoners between Kyiv and self-proclaimed "republics" took place in April 2020. Then 20 people returned to Ukraine, while the Ukrainian side transferred 14 people to the occupied territories of Donbas.