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Ukraine is ready to exchange 23 Russian prisoners for 23 Ukrainians, - ombudswoman

Source : 112 Ukraine

Denisova waits for Russia's response to the offer to unblock the process of the hostages' release
15:45, 29 June 2018

Press-service of the Cabinet of Ministers

Ukraine is ready to pass 23 Russian prisoners to the Russian Federation for 23 Ukrainian political prisoners illegally detained in the Russian prisons. Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights Lyudmyla Denisova claimed this as 112.ua reported.

"We are ready to take the detained citizens on the extradition procedure. And the Russian Federation refuses in this. We strive to take them through the political agreements. We are ready to pass 23 Russians convicted in Ukraine for the preparation of the terrorist actions, espionage and military actions to the Russian Federation. In the exchange of 23 Ukrainians in the Russian prisons," ombudswoman claimed.

Related: Prisoner Kolchenko writes requests on meeting with Ukrainian consul, ombudswoman

Denisova waits for Russia's response to the offer to unblock the process of the hostages and political prisoners' release.

Earlier Ukraine claimed about the readiness to pass 23 people to Russia to release Oleg Sentsov who is on the hunger strike and other political prisoners of Kremlin but Russia did not respond.

Related: Sentsov's health is satisfactory, yet some concerns remain, - Russian ombudsman

On June 26, Council of Europe Secretary General Thurbjørn Jagland has officially filed for the pardon of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov to Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, Kremlin responded that this letter cannot be a ground for the release of Sentsov.

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