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Four Ukrainian prisoners arrive in Kyiv

Source : 112 Ukraine

The agreement on the transfer of Ukrainians held in the occupied areas of Donbas was reached in Minsk
18:22, 28 June 2019
Four citizens of Ukraine released from captivity in the unrecognized republics of “LNR” and “DNR,” arrived in Kyiv. Their meeting at Zhuliany airport was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

Viktor Medvedchuk, Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform - For Life party and leaders of so-called Republics in Donbas agreed to move the captives. The talks took place in Minsk.

Ukrainian serviceman Dmytro Velyky was taken prisoner on September 11, 2016. He was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment allegedly for terrorism. Yakiv Veremeychyk was captured on May 25, 2018. Militants opened several criminal cases on him. Maksym Goryainov, Major of the 53rd Detached Mechanized Brigade was taken prisoner on May 25, 2019. Court session on his case was held, as a result he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars. Eduard Mikheyev was taken on October 16, 2017. He was convicted for alleged state treason and sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment.
The four Ukrainians who were liberated from the so-called "LNR" and "DNR" captivity, thanked all those involved in their return to the homeland and said that they were not thinking about future plans yet. 

The agreement on the transfer of Ukrainians held in Donbas was made in Minsk during the negotiations between Viktor Medvedchuk with the "LNR" and "DNR" leaders, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik.

The liberated Ukrainians themselves have so far refused to give detailed comments to journalists. But they said that their state of health is satisfactory and they expect to meet their relatives who are waiting at the Kyiv airport.

"Emotions, of course, are overwhelming. And why are there no comments? Well, you see from what places we have come here, and now if we start to say something, it will be rough and uncomely. In general, we are very grateful to all those who dealt with this issue, the issue of liberating us, and is further engaged in the issue of the liberation of our brithers there, on that side," the released Mikheyev said.

He also noted that he had learned about his return to Ukraine four days ago, on June 24.
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