Ukraine has still not received a reply from Moscow on the Kiev’s proposal to let in Russia, more than 30 prisoners of the Russians in exchange for the release of Ukrainian hostages. This was stated by first Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s representative to the Humanities subgroup of the Trilateral contact group on settling the situation in the Donbass Iryna Geraschenko at the meeting with the Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova on the page in Facebook.
“There are alarming information on the deteriorating state of health of Vladimir Baloga, Oleg Sentsov, other,” – wrote Gerashchenko.
According to her, Ukraine has not received from any response to all proposals for exchange of prisoners of Russian citizens on Ukrainian prisoners – neither in humanitarian sub-group in Minsk, nor in the Ministry of foreign Affairs or the institution of ombudsmen.
Gerashchenko noted that they also discussed the problem of Ukrainian fishermen detained by the occupiers, and were sentenced by courts of the Ukrainian courts until February 2014 serving sentences in the occupied territories.
“These citizens are convicted of crimes, are also Ukrainian citizens. The Ukrainian side is ready to contribute to their displacement, office of the Ombudsman ready to do it (with appropriate requests from families and from the prisoners themselves). 4 times already in the framework of the Minsk group, I passed the OSCE representatives of the information and the contacts of the office, but there has been no progress in this matter through the artificial obstacles created by ORDO,” wrote the Deputy speaker.
She stressed that while “the Kremlin will not give the go-ahead – there will be no progress in the liberation of hostages or missing persons”.
Earlier it was reported that the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is ready to pardon the Russians who have been held in Ukraine, on Ukrainian political prisoners in the Russian Federation.
We will remind, the Ukrainian Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova said that 22 inmates of the citizen of the Russian Federation wrote a letter to Putin with the request on the exchange of Ukrainian political prisoners.