Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko said in Facebook that Russia would hold the hostages until the elections in Ukraine to use their release to their advantage.
“The Kremlin will play the card of the hostages in the Ukrainian elections, will play along with their favorites, to keep the hostages before time X, then to give loyal and family-Kremlin politicians to show that they in Ukraine of “normal” and know how to negotiate, thus trying to influence public sentiments, and to discredit all the efforts of the Ukrainian government, which is fighting for the speedy release,” she wrote.
She stressed that the Ukrainian side at the talks in Minsk does not divide the hostages to those held in ORDO and those who are in Russian prisons.
“ORDO hides from us the tens held and we agree to forget our people in the prisons of the occupation,” she wrote.
Before Gerashchenko said that the Ukrainian side is ready to pardon the two Russians to be exchanged for Ukrainian servicemen.