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SBU to put in maximum effort to release all Ukrainian detainees from occupied Donbas, - Bakanov

Source : 112 Ukraine

Chief of Ukraine's State Security Service stressed that protection and care of Ukraine's citizens are the main national interests
10:41, 30 December 2019

Ivan Bakanov, ex-Head of Kvartal 95, head of Servant of the People party since 2017, First Deputy Head of Ukraine’s Security Service
SBU

The SBU, Ukraine's State Security Service will keep on working to make sure that all Ukrainian citizens are released from captivity in the temporarily occupied Donbas. The press office of the SBU reported that on Monday, quoting SBU Head Ivan Bakanov.

"We'll carry on and keep working until all Ukrainians who are the captives of the Russian Federation and fake republics return home. This is one of the cases where the real protection of a country's interests is observed", Bakanov said.

According to him, the protection and care of Ukraine's citizens are the main national interests. 

Related: Former Berkut fighters stay in Donbas for exchange, - laywer

The detailed medical examination will take place Monday morning, as the servicemen need to have some rest. Some may need psychological and physical rehabilitation.

As is known, on December 29, Ukraine and representatives of the militant-held Donbas exchanged prisoners; these are political prisoners, POWs and civilians, some of which were not even convicted. The venue was Mayorske checkpoint in Donetsk region. Ukraine passed 127 people to the non-controlled territory, and the Russian mercenaries passed 76 people to Ukraine; 12 of these were military servicemen. Another 14 people refused to be exchanged.

Related: Ukraine gave 127 people to militants, another 14 refused to participate in exchange

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