Vladyslav Ovcharenko and Artem Akhmerov - ultras of Luhansk-based Zoria FC who were detained by the "LPR" militants in November 2016 on espionage charges.
Valentyn Bohdan, a professional soldier of Ukraine’s Armed Forces who went missing near the Luhansk region’s Popasna in January 2016. He reached out his father Nov. 22, 2017 and told him that he was held in the Luhansk detention center.
Eduard Nedeliaiev, a blogger detained in November 2016. He criticized situation in occupied Luhansk and showed support to Ukraine in social media under the pen-name of Edward Ned.
Ihor Kozlovskyi, a prominent religious studies scholar, historian, lecturer at a Donetsk-based university detained in late January 2016. His wife suggested that his arrest was caused by his correspondence on social media.
Left to right: Vladyslav Ovcharenko, Valentyn Bohdan, Eduard Nedeliaiev, Ihor Kozlovskyi. Images by: Roman Bochkala; EPA; Rusvesna.su 1945 / YouTube; vlada.io
Volodymyr Fomichov, an employee of Kyiv based firm Center UA, was detained on Jan. 4, 2016 while visiting his parents in the terrorists-controlled territory on the New Year holidays. He was charged with smuggling two grenades into Makiivka.
Oleksandr Morozov and Ivan Liasa are the soldiers involved in defense of the Donetsk airport. Morozov was captured in January 2015. Liasa is an armored crewman. He was wounded and captured after his tank was hit by the militants.
Oleksandr Oliinyk, a scout captured near Debaltseve in February 2015 who was later charged with "terrorism".
Left to right: Volodymyr Fomichov, Oleksandr Morozov, Ivan Lias, Oleksandr Oliinyk. Images by: Volodymyr Fomichov / Facebook; ntv.ru; radiosvoboda.org
Mykola Herasymenko and Oleksandr Lazarenko are fighters of the Kryvbas Battalion captured near Debaltseve in 2015.
Yevhen Chudnetsov is a National Guard Azov regiment’s soldier who has been in captivity since the winter of 2015. He was found guilty of "committing an attempt to overthrow the constitutional order" and "being trained by an extremist organization." He were sentenced to 30 years in prison. Chudnetsov spent two years in a solitary confinement of the Donetsk remand prison and later transferred to the jail in Makiivka he was a native of.
Oleksii Kyrychenko and Andrii Bessarab are residents of the Kharkiv region. Kyrychenko was held hostage for three and a half years. He voluntarily joined the army in August 2014. He was a scout at the ATO headquarters, took part in combat operations near Saur Mohyla. The soldier was captured while making his way out of the encirclement in Volnovakha. Bessarab was captured by the militants in 2016.
Vasyl Hulka, Oleksii Kodman, Mykola Iovov, and Volodymyr Bachynskyi are the members of the 56th separate motorized infantry brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces based in the Ternopil region. Hulka, Kodman, and Iovov were accomplishing a combat mission when they were captured near Pavlopil village near Mariupol on Nov. 12, 2015. Soon after, Bachynskyi was also taken prisoner.
Left to right: Mykola Iovov, Vasyl Hulka. Images by: Mykola Iovov / "VKontakte"; lypa.com.ua
Roman Fursov, a fighter of the 58th brigade who was taken prisoner in a clash near Krymske village in the Luhansk region on Nov. 25, 2017.
Oleksandr Kalin, a serviceman of the Rivne region-based Horyn battalion captured by militants on Sept. 13, 2015.
Artem Vyndiuk, is a soldier of the 24th brigade based in the Volyn region. He spent a year and a day in the militants’ captivity.
Valerii Radovets and Oleksii Kushpil, the members of the 57th brigade who were captured near Horlivka in April 2016.
Oleksandr Khramykh is a resident of Torez, a serviceman of the Shakhtarsk battalion captured by militants in June 2017 and convicted on charges of "forcible seizure of power." He served his sentence in a high security prison.
Pavlo Yurbash is a fighter of the 10th brigade. The militants captured him in July 2016 when he was trying to evacuate the body of his deceased copanion-in-arms.
Oleksandr Abramov served in the ranks of the “DPR” militants. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison in September 2016 for "collecting intelligence for the Ukrainian army"
Valentyna Buchok is one of the few liberated women. She worked as an electrician in Donetsk. The militants arrested her for "cooperation with the SBU" in February 2017
Halyna Haiova was the senior nurse of Dokuchaivsk-based maternity hospital. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage in November 2017.
Lilia Kots is a former member of the 8th battalion of the Ukrainian volunteer army Aratta. She was sentenced for making an attempt to abduct a "DPR” serviceman in October 2016.
Kuzma Haspor, an employee of Mariupol-based Azovstal plant who was considered unaccounted for after he left for Bezimenne village in September 2015.
Oleksii Holikov is a resident of Horlivka who was charged with assassination attempt on a high-ranking “DPR” officer he committed with another Horlivka resident Ihor Kulysh. He was detained in July 2016.
Eduard Kaznacheiev is a former judge of the Donetsk Administrative Court of Appeal captured by the militants in April 2017.
Eduard Kaznacheiev (left), Kuzma Haspor (center), Valentyna Buchok (right), Lilia Kots (center). Photos by: “DPR’s State Security Ministry” / YouTube; 0629.com.ua;
Anatolii Kostennikov, a resident of Luhansk region’s Pervomaisk who was sentenced to 13 years in prison on espionage charges in September 2017.
Vitali Nedosekin ran a college of the Donetsk Motor Transport Academy before his detention in February 2017. He was accused of collecting and transferring intelligence to Ukrainian secret services.
Anton Chmeruk, 27, is a resident of Luhansk sentenced to 12 years in prison for treason and espionage.
Oleh Chulha is a resident of Sloviansk detained by officers of the “DPR’s State Security Ministry” in February 2015 for being allegedly recruited by the SBU. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison for espionage in December 2016.
Vitalii Shvaiko was CEO of a Lutuhyne-based enterprise who was arrested in February 2016 on charges of abuse of power as his plant was allegedly cutting the militants’ military hardware for scrap.
The following Ukrainian hostages were also released from captivity: O. Arbuzov, Y. Belov, D. Berdnyk, S. Hladkyi, O. Darkin, A. Kanarskiy, Y. Kononenko, I. Kononenko, O. Kuskov, D. Levashov, V. Liubchuk, O. Novytskyi, A. Petrachkova, O. Politova, A. Popov, S. Radulov, I. Sapozhnikov, H. Sinchenko, Y. Symonenko, N. Soboliev, S. Starchenko, L. Sychiov, I. Tyrenko, I. Yakovenko.
A total of 41 civilians and 32 military personnel were were freed from captivity.
Ukraine’s President Poroshenko personally met former hostages in Kramatorsk. They were later taken to Kharkiv by plane and subsequently travelled to Boryspil.