The Foreign Ministry urged the international society not to weaken pressure on Russia until all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and temporarily occupied territories are released.
“About 100 citizens of Ukraine who illegally stay in the detention in Russia ‘celebrate’ Christmas holidays in jail. Again. Some of Ukrainians political prisoners were released and returned home to their families and friends but they could not see them for years and ‘celebrated’ a lot of holidays in jails,” the message said.
As we reported earlier, 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.