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3270 hostages and political prisoners released during Donbas conflict, - Poroshenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

President stressed that at every international meeting he raised the issue of the return of captured sailors, Crimean Tatars and journalists
12:18, 20 April 2019

Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine
112 Agency

Since the beginning of the Russian aggression in the Donbas, Ukraine has managed to free more than 3,270 hostages and political prisoners from captivity. This was stated by the President Petro Poroshenko during the debates, responding to a question about the return of Ukrainian prisoners from the Russian Federation, according to Ukrinform.

“Since the beginning of the war in 2014, we have returned home more than 3,270 of our prisoners, hostages, and political prisoners,” Poroshenko said.

He noted that the key to the release of Ukrainian prisoners and the key to peace in Ukraine is not in Kyiv, not in Brussels and not in Washington, but in Moscow.

According to Poroshenko, the Russian President Vladimir Putin already from December 2017 completely stopped the exchange and the liberation of Ukrainian prisoners of war and hostages.

Also, the head of the Ukrainian state stressed that at every international meeting he raised the issue of the return of captured sailors, Crimean Tatars and journalists.

“During the last meeting with Macron, we separately talked about raising the issue of the release of Sushchenko, Sentsov, and many more prisoners,” Poroshenko said.

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Earlier Petro Poroshenko called the urgent session of the NSDC, the National Security and Defense Council. The key issue discussed at the meeting was the financial situation in Ukraine; as is known, recently, Kyiv court ruled that the nationalization of PrivatBank was conducted illegally, with the breach of the law. 

Poroshenko charged the National Bank of Ukraine to see to it that all PrivatBank's departments work consistently, and all ATMs have enough cash.

'I turn to the National Bank, asking to provide the consistent work of all departments of Privatbank, not allowing any malfunctions in the operation mode', he said. 

President also urged the Finance Ministry to analyze all risks and challenges for the state budget, which may occur if the court's decision takes effect. 'As far as I understand, if we seize UAH 155 billion for capitalization [of Privatbank], it will entail the risks - such as 100 billion of extra funding of the Deposit Guarantee Fund, which the government will have to take from the state budget funds. Payment of this money will entail huge risks for the inflation rate, for the currency rate policy and the stability of the banking system', Poroshenko added. 

Related: OSCE head calls for new cease-fire in eastern Ukraine

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