The Russian side continues to blackmail Kiev by the issue of hostages, – Irina Gerashchenko

Российская сторона продолжает шантажировать Киев вопросом заложников, - Ирина Геращенко

The Russian side is blackmailing Kiev with the question of hostages. About this on his page in Facebook wrote the first Deputy speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s representative to the Humanities subgroup of the Trilateral contact group on settling the situation in the Donbass Irina Gerashchenko.

“As you can see from announced Lavrov’s statements, Russia continues to blackmail Kiev hostage, demanding Amnesty for militants and tying it to another point of the Minsk agreements – the release of illegally detained persons. I Think this is the answer to the question, why failed operation to free hostages at Easter,” she said after talking by phone with foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin.

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Gerashchenko assured that the Ukrainian side is using all possible international platforms and mechanisms for the release of prisoners.

We will remind, at the meeting of the contact group on 20 April, the Ukrainian side handed over to representatives of the “DNR” list of the 25 hostages in need of immediate release. While Kiev has said it is ready to transmit in return the militants of 50 people and proposed this exchange before Easter. However, the exchange of prisoners never took place.

We will note, according to the latest data, in captivity of fighters there are 114 people, 12 more – in Russia.