This was announced by Iryna Herashchenko, member of Parliament from "UDAR" fraction, presidential envoy on peaceful settlement of the Donbas conflict in her interview to Channel 5, Censor.NET reports.
"As of today, as of the moment, according to data I was given by the Security Service, ... 2,800 people are listed as captives or missing," Herashchenko said. She also noted that 1,300 people were set free, 820 of them within the last month.
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She said she was sorry that the process of setting people free is not as fast as wished. Herashchenko also noted that slowing down of the negotiations on releasing captives might have to do with the upcoming Rada elections. "I suggest ... this is done in order to explode the reputation of the Ukrainian authorities in the society, and obviously, the terrorists are doing this not on their own, but with the country that backs them and that keeps feeding them and being loyal to them," she said.
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However, Herashchenko did not say whether 1,300 released people were included in the 2,800 number. On Oct. 17, Markiian Lubkivskyi, the adviser to the head of the SBU, announced that 450 Ukrainians remain captive by terrorists. Censor.NET reported earlier that terrorists unilaterally interrupted prisoners exchange process.