It is planned to pass 138 prisoners to the territory controlled by Ukraine for the further serving of sentences from occupied territories of the Luhansk region, as Ukraine’s ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova reported on Facebook.
“As for today, 569 applications received from citizens and their relatives and 138 people expected to be passed from the temporarily occupied territory of Luhansk region. I express hope for further OSCE help in this process as it will facilitate the restoration of the violated rights of Ukrainian citizens,” Denisova wrote.
She reminded that 386 people were passed to the territory, controlled by Ukraine. 112 of them were released due to the end of the sentence. Denisova plans to establish a process of the prisoners’ pass from the Donetsk region as only 13 people were returned last year.
115 Ukrainian political prisoners stay in jails in the territory of Russia and annexed Crimea. Some of them stay there for more than five years. Besides, there are 86 Crimean Tatars among the prisoners. They are accused of the organization of activity of the terrorist organization and participation in Hizb ut-Tahrir.
As we reported earlier, on December 29, Ukraine and representatives of the militant-held Donbas exchanged prisoners; these are political prisoners, POWs, and civilians, some of which were not even convicted. The venue was the Mayorske checkpoint in the Donetsk region.
Ukraine passed 127 people to the non-controlled territory, and the Russian mercenaries passed 76 people to Ukraine; 12 of these were military servicemen. Another 14 people refused to be exchanged.