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 Militants intentionally understate the number of Ukrainian prisoners, MP says

There are about 240 Ukrainians in militants’ captivity today according to the list compiled by the Security Service of Ukraine in conjunction with the Ministry of Defense and volunteers. However, the representatives of illegal armed groups deliberately understate the number of Ukrainian prisoners.

Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP, the Presidential Commissioner for the peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions Iryna Herashchenko wrote on Facebook, Censor.NET informs.

"The most difficult and disturbing thing after every meeting in Minsk is receiving messages and calls from relatives of prisoners asking how was it, what's the news, what have we agreed upon... These negotiations are so complicated and the work is so sensitive that we try to provide information on the results only when we are one hundred percent confident that at least one hero will be released," Herashchenko said.

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According to her, there were several cases of liberation disruption just when the captives were already on their way to the location where they should be handed over to the Ukrainian law enforcement officers and volunteers.

"Thus, there are about 240 Ukrainians in the list compiled by the SBU together with the Ministry of Defense and volunteers today. That is the very list we have submitted with the demand to release captives. In the meantime, the other party deliberately understates the number of illegally detained citizens in their list (while Russia pretends that the release of 11 Ukrainians including Sentsov and Savchenko has nothing to do with it at all despite the international pressure)," Herashchenko said.

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She also added that the militants, in turn, demanded to release those detained even outside the ATO area for commission or suspicion of commission of grave crimes, in particular, preparation of terrorist attacks. At the same time, Russia and its puppets still talk about the law on amnesty.

"Let me remind you that the Verkhovna Rada has passed the relevant law, but those who have committed serious grave crimes such as murder, terrorism, rape are not included in the amnesty. And this law will come into force only after the Ukrainian government and the Ukrainian courts, which shall take appropriate decisions on amnesty, return to the Donbas," the MP said.

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