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How many people were actually released from occupied Donbas during the war?

Author : Andriy Pavlovsky

Source : 112 Ukraine

Poroshenko’s party stated that allegedly Ukraine’s former president has allegedly freed 3,000 people from occupied Donbas. But this is a lie
09:28, 6 January 2020

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We have received accurate data on the release and exchanges of detainees from occupied Donbas (some regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, controlled by Russia-backed militants).

A few days ago, Poroshenko’s party stated that allegedly Ukraine’s former president has allegedly freed 3,000 people from occupied Donbas. But this is a lie.

In 2014-2017, the Ukrainian side did find 3221 people in Donbas - 1571 security officials, 69 fighters of volunteer battalions, 1581 civilians, including 40 volunteers, and 28 journalists! BUT!

From May 7, 2014, to December 31, 2019, only 925 people were released from occupied Donbas.

During this period, 744 people were freed from occupied Donbas, in particular:

May 7, 2014 – January 13, 2017 – 632 people,

December 27, 2017 - January 57 and 21, 2018 – 2 people,

June 27, 2019 – 2 people,

December 29, 2019 - 51 people.

Related: OSCE Special Representative welcomes Kyiv-Donbas prisoners swap

During this period, 181 people were released from occupied Donbas, in particular:

May 7, 2014 – January 13, 2017 – 138 people,

December 27, 2017 – 16 people,

June 27, 2019 – 2 people,

December 29, 2019 – 25 people.

Related: 17 people refuse to return to occupied Donbas, another 30 refuse to participate in prisoner swap

The remaining 2,000 people have disappeared first, but later they were found. For example, someone disappeared for several days and then was found. They have no relation to captivity in occupied Donbas. But surely, they brightened up the statistics of Poroshenko's achievements in Donbas.

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