"We know where our guys are, despite the other party's claims that the 16 prisoners we picked up last week were the last remaining. There are facts that some of them are on the territory of the neighboring state. We know the places where our guys are, at bordering regions, regional centers of Rostov and Kursk, in addition to Moscow and St. Petersburg, where we have seen traces of our guys. I think that we will know exactly some time soon whether this information is confirmed (that prisoners are also taken to Crimea. - Ed.) or not," Tandyt said.
He noted that the Defense Ministry knows of "about 300 people, a little more" who are held captive by the militants.
"More than 2.5 thousand people have been released. Everybody helps here, including volunteers, the Ministry of Defense, the Security Service. We are talking about these 300 people," he added.
According to Tandyt, the Ukrainian side has prepared several groups of insurgents who are ready to be transferred to the other side at any time.
"There are officials in the 'DPR' and 'LPR' who interfere with renewing the process. We hope that Russia, as the party to the Minsk agreements, will contribute to further implementation of these agreements, not only regarding the withdrawal of heavy weapons, but also on freeing the hostages," Tandyt summed up.