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 "Militants laid down unacceptable conditions," - SBU Head Adviser Tandit on failure of prisoners exchange

The release of Ukrainian captives is currently discussed at the highest level.

SBU Head Adviser Yurii Tandit announced that pro-Russian militants laid down unacceptable conditions for Ukraine yesterday in regard to prisoners exchange. He said this to LIGA.net, Censor.NET reports.

"Unfortunately, the so-called self-proclaimed republics have laid down unacceptable conditions. A conflict arose," Tandit noted.

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He reminded that an agreement of exchange of 35 pro-Russian separatists for 25 Ukrainian military was reached between militants and SBU on Jan. 13.

At the same time, Tandit noted, Ukraine was fulfilling provision 6 of the Minsk agreement. "We are open for fulfilling the sixth provision and releasing whoever we can, waiting for our guys," he said.

Tandit stressed that currently the release of Ukrainian prisoners is being solved at the highest level, that of the president of Ukraine. In addition, volunteers and churches' representatives are also included in the process.

"We have to understand that the decision [on the other side] is made not by militants, for they are only puppets, but by the Kremlin," Tandit noted.

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He specified that as of today, Jan. 21, the list of hostages includes 130 people. "We know the places where the guys are being held," Tandit said.

The adviser of the SBU head did not specify what number of Ukrainian prisoners will be discussed at the next Minsk meeting of the tripartite contact group on Jan. 27.
 
 
 
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