During a Trilateral Contact Group meeting in Minsk, Ukraine confirmed its readiness to release 309 individuals in exchange for 87 Ukrainians held captives on the un-controlled territory. However, the stumbling block of the negotiations is the militant demand to release criminals and terrorists, who don’t fall under the Minsk agreements, as Representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the TCG Iryna Herashchenko wrote on Facebook.
“Minsk. The humanitarian subgroup, in which Ukraine was also presented by Medvedchuk, SBU experts and Lutkovska. In the presence of the OSCE, we confirmed the submitted suggestion on immediate release of hostages, we demand releasing 87 Ukrainians, whose location we had established. The Ukrainian side is ready to release 309 individuals as a compromise, just to get ours out,” she wrote.
“We are also firmly insisting that the militants should exclude from their list those individuals, who have nothing to do with the war in Donbas. We are waiting for the response to our official compromise suggestions, which are fully based on the Minsk agreements. The stumbling block is the demand to release criminals and terrorists, who don’t fall under the Minsk agreements, which is why it’s unacceptable,” Herashchenko added.
Previously Advisor to Ukraine’s Security Service Head Yuriy Tandit informed that Ukraine is ready to hand over 309 individuals to the militants in exchange for 87 hostages kept in Donbas. It is still unknown when the exchange will take place. Tandit also didn’t exclude the possibility that the mentioned figures could change.
As of today, 144 Ukrainians are confirmed to be held captives in Donbas. They are accused of spying and other contrived crimes they hadn’t commited.