Russia to play card of hostages at Ukrainian election, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

Gerashchenko emphasized the guidelines of the prisoners’ exchange: all for all
12:14, 28 August 2018

The Verkhovna Rada

Russia will withhold the prisoners until the election in Ukraine to use their release in its interests as Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko reported on Facebook.

“Kremlin will play the card of the prisoners at the Ukrainian election, it will play along with its favorites, keep the hostages until X date to later pass them to the politicians loyal and native to Kremlin and show in such way that only they are “normal” in Ukraine and can negotiate; thus, attempting and influence the public attitudes and discredit all efforts of the Ukrainian authority that fights for the early release,” she wrote.

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She emphasized that during Minsk Talks, the Ukrainian does not divide the hostages for those detained in occupied in Donbas and those, who are in the Russian prisons.

“The authorities of occupied Donbas hide the dozens of the detainees from us and we will not agree to forget about our people in the prisons of the occupants,” she wrote.

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As we reported the Russian side has rejected the initiative of Ukraine to meet in Minsk for the discussion of the pass of 36 citizens of Russia in the exchange of the Ukrainians.

On August 16, Iryna Gerashchenko stated that Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, was ready to pardon the Russians kept in Ukraine in exchange for the Ukrainians kept in Russian Federation.

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