The Ukrainian side and the militants of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic held the prisoner swap at ‘eleven for four’ formula as the separatist mass media reported.
The prisoners’ exchange took place near the bridge at Schastia town.
“LPR passed eleven people to Ukraine’s authority and received four people. Another three persons refused to go to Luhansk in the process of the exchange; the eighth potential partaker of the swap refused earlier,” so-called head of the task group on prisoners’ exchange of LPR Olga Kobtseva said.
Ukraine’s Human Rights Commissioner Lyudmyla Denisova confirmed that 11 people were released on Telegram. Particularly, Vitaliy Zheldak, he was convicted by ‘Supreme Court of LPR’ and was illegally kept in Slovyanoserbska penal colony in Luhansk region.
Oleksandr Tabachny, disabled and veteran of Interior Ministry of Ukraine. He was captivated in 2019 and was kept in Luhansk remand center.
A released woman – Alevtyna Popova was illegally kept in the penal colony since 2018. She was convicted by the so-called LPR court for ‘state treason’.
Serhiy Rusynov is the youngest Ukrainian citizen who returned from the captivity. He was detained in 2018 for urges for integrity of Ukraine and condemnation of activity of illegal armed formation of so-called LPR on the social networks. He was sentenced to imprisonment and serving his sentence at Slovyanoserbska penal colony in Luhansk region.
Today, Ukraine and militants of occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions hold the prisoner swap. 19 people had to be returned to Ukraine.
As we reported, militants of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic have handed over nine people to Ukraine as part of today's exchange near Horlivka and Mayorsk checkpoint.