Oleksandr Lutsenko, Ukrainian handed over to the militants as a part of prisoner exchange in Donbas on Dec. 27, 2017, decided to come back from the so-called “DNR” to his family, as he alleges they are being threatened in Ukraine, as he said in a briefing, according to one of the militant media.
The man from Odesa said that while he was in the “DNR”, his family in Ukraine was threatened on multiple occasions, so he decided to come back. “I have children and a wife in Ukraine,” he said.
He also said that the court hearing on his case is underway in Odesa.
“I made this decision because, at the last hearing in Ukraine, the judge said I have to come back to finish the court hearings so that there are no “tails” left… If I don’t show up, they’ll put me on an international wanted list,” he said.
Lutsenko was detained by the SBU in April 2015 for separatism. He had participated in the events of spring 2014 in Odesa on the side of the anti-Maidan - the movement that tried to oppose the EuroMaidan movement in Ukraine and reinstate notoriously known former President Yanukovych and pro-Russian policies.
As we reported earlier, the last big exchange of prisoners took place in Donbas on Dec. 27. Then, 73 Ukrainians were released in exchange for 233 militants. The parties discussed the possibility of the next one and submitted the lists of individuals on Jan. 18 in Minsk.