In the Donbas illegally kept 115 of Ukrainians, among them military and civil, – Irina Gerashchenko

На Донбассе незаконно содержатся 115 украинцев, среди них военные и гражданские, - Ирина Геращенко

In captivity of fighters on Donbass illegally contains 115 Ukrainians. About this on air of the “Prime Evening” on TV channel “112 Ukraine” from Brussels, said the people’s Deputy of Ukraine, first Vice-speaker of the Parliament Irina Gerashchenko.

According to her, at today’s session of the European Parliament Committee on Association of Ukraine and the EU discussed a number of issues.

“Today during the first day of discussion in the Parliamentary Committee of the Association discussed the issue of reforms in Ukraine, the functioning of the new government, the fight against corruption, I think it was the most emotional discussion, because all the members of the Ukrainian delegation tried to explain to our colleagues in the European Parliament on how we see the continuation of reforms in Parliament, the functioning of the new government, which will continue to work on the implementation of the Agreement on Association”, – told Gerashchenko.

“We also touched on human rights violations in Crimea. The European Parliament supports Ukraine that sanctions against Russia should continue until such time until you complete the Minsk agreement”, – she added.

According to first Vice speaker of Ukraine insists on strengthening of anti-Russian sanctions relating to the illegal annexation of Crimea and the failure of the Minsk agreements.

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“Sanctions against Russia in the context of the failure of the Minsk agreements continue until July of this year. In June to be held European big debate within the European Commission, but we are convinced that Ukraine’s friends in the European Parliament is also taking a clear position,” she said.

Gerashchenko noted that they also discussed the situation in Donbas, in particular the release of prisoners of Ukrainians.

“If to speak about the humanitarian aspect, our colleagues were interested in the situation with the release of the illegally detained persons. I said, how complex is this situation, because the militants held in captivity 115 Ukrainians, this is civil and military”, – said the Deputy.

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“We gave at the last Minsk meeting, our proposal to release a minimum of 25 Ukrainians, and we are ready to give 50 people, which wants to get the other side. We initiated that to happen until after Easter, but still have not received response”, – Gerashchenko added, noting that the subject of exchange of prisoners will be key in the negotiations in Minsk on Wednesday.

Recall, PACE calls for “DNR” and “LNR” to cooperate with Kiev on exchange of prisoners.

As reported, earlier the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that in captivity of fighters on Donbass are 120 people, the liberation sought by Ukraine.

We will remind, at meeting of the working groups on political and security issues to resolve the situation in Eastern Ukraine failed to agree on the exchange of prisoners.

Previously from captivity of fighters have been released three Ukrainian hostages – Gregory Savision, Peter Eroshevich and Vadim Petrenko.

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