"We are ready to release the Russian soldiers, who came to our soil to kill our people, in exchange for cutting Sushchenko loose," the president said recalling that on Feb. 8 the Ukrainian journalist marked his second birthday being held in a Russian pre-trial detention facility.
Poroshenko also stressed that Ukraine sought to liberate all Ukrainians held in Russia. He also recalled that soon it will be four years since the Kremlin imprisoned well-known Crimean filmmaker Oleh Sentsov.
"Sushchenko, Sentsov, many Crimean Tatars: we want to have all of them back," Poroshenko stressed.
As reported, France-based correspondent for Ukrinform news agency Roman Suschenko, who came to Russia for personal reasons, was detained on espionage charges by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in Moscow on Sept. 30, 2016. The FSB claimed he was a Ukrainian agent who allegedly gathered intelligence on the Russian troops and National Guard.
On Jan. 24, 2018, a Moscow-based court extended Sushchenko’s pre-trial detention until March 30, 2018.