The pro-Russian militants of “Luhansk People’s Republic” (LPR) have passed 33 prisoners to the territory controlled by Ukraine for the further serving of their sentence as Ukrainian Ombudswoman Lyudmyla Denisova reported on Facebook.
The transfer of the prisoners took place in Shchastya town. All of them stayed in the penal institutions of occupied Luhansk region.
The prisoners were passed for the further serving of their sentence in the Ukrainian territory.
Denisova noted that it is not the first transfer of the prisoners. 42 prisoners, including 12 people who completely served their sentence, were taken to the Ukrainian territory in December 2018.
Earlier, Ukraine offered Russia to exchange hostages on January 5, 2019. According to the official, Ukraine passed the OSCE the proposal to pardon and pass 72 pro-Kremlin separatists in exchange for 19 Ukrainian hostages held in the occupied territories. Kyiv is also ready to pass Russia 22 citizens, detained and judged in Ukraine. Ukrainian side urges the Kremlin to release and send 22 political prisoners back to Ukraine.
Last time the sides exchanged hostages on December 27, 2017. According to the data of Ukraine's Security Service, 73 people returned to Ukraine-controlled territory, while 233 returned to the occupied areas of Donbas.