Iryna Herashchenko, President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks regarding the War in Donbas and First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, stated that the militants demand to pass them 80 convicted in exchange for 15 Ukrainian prisoners, as she wrote on Facebook.
“ORDLO (Separated District of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, - ed.) representatives completely controlled by Russia, include Russians into the lists of militiamen”, demand the Ukrainian side to immediately release Berkut officers, terrorists, Russians, demand to pass then more than 89 criminals and claim that they will pass us 15 Ukrainians. This is unacceptable,” Herashchenko wrote.
According to her, the Ukrainian side has not received Russia’s response to the initiative to pass 23 Russian imprisoners kept in Ukrainian prisons in exchange for Ukrainians kept in Russian prisons for political reasons.
She has also stated that at the Friday session the Ukrainian side made a compromise proposal to release Ukrainian prisoners, but it did not specify what exactly.
“If another side wanted, the next step of the release would happen really fast, we are ready to that,” Herashchenko said.
In general, according to her, the Friday session of the humanitarian subgroup was ineffective.
As it was reported, at the session of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk Ukraine claimed its readiness to exchange 23 Russians for its political prisoners kept in Russia.
The hostages' exchange between Ukraine and ORDLO took place on December 27, 2017. 73 Ukrainian prisoners came back home. 233 people were transferred to the occupied territory.
Earlier, Bogdan Mertsonya and Igor Dziubak, Ukrainian border guards came back home on March 2. Russian special services kidnapped them near the state border in Sumy region in October 2017. Ukraine transferred to Russia Vladimir Kuznetsov and Askar Kulub, servicemen of the Russian Federal Security Border Service, arrested in Kherson region in summer of 2017.