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113 Ukrainians kept in Russia may be exchanged in 2019, - Ombudsman

There are 89 Crimean Tatars among the prisoners
12:13, 10 September 2019

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Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova stated that 113 Ukrainians, including 89 Crimean Tatars, deterred in Russia, as Snidanok z 1+1 reported.

“Ten political prisoners were pardoned by the president of Ukraine, one, Mr. Bekirov, was released on personal commitment and 24 sailors were released on my personal commitment as a person who is trustworthy, according to the Criminal Procedure Code of Russia,” Denisova noted.

Concerning the fact that Ukraine ceded during the exchange, Denisova stated, “there is nothing more important than a person and his/her life”.

Related: US: Russia should release all Ukrainian political prisoners, including Crimean Tatars

The ombudsman noted that the exchange of other Ukrainian prisoners may take place this year.

“Exactly Zelensky took up positions that the political prisoners should be added to 24 sailors. We do not stop; we hold personal negotiations, president and head of the task group, precisely Mr. Yermak, negotiate to return everyone. Now, we identified 113 people, including 89 Crimean Tatars. The prospect of the swap exists, I believe, it will take place this year,” Denisova said.

Earlier Denisova stated that the President’s Office is currently working to provide apartments in Kyiv to political prisoners Oleg Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Volodymyr Balukh, and Artur Panov.

Related: Released prisoners Sentsov, Kolchenko provided with temporary accommodation, - Ombudsman

On September 7, the prisoners’ exchange took place between Kyiv and Moscow in 35 for 35 format.

24 Ukrainian sailors and 11 political prisoners - already ex-political prisoners - captured by Russia over the past five years, returned to Ukraine. Faces of the released Ukrainian sailors, left activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, journalist Roman Sushchenko, Crimean Tatar Edem Bekirov and the rest of former captives were seen in the crowd. 

 

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