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 Poroshenko, Putin discussed release of hostages twice in June

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says he had two conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the last month, regarding the release of Ukrainian hostages held in Russian prisons and in the occupied territory of the Donbas.

He stated this in an interview with Bulgaria's bTV, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

"I can say that during the last month, we had two conversations [with Russian President Putin - ed.], and they were entirely devoted to the release of hostages," Poroshenko said.

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"Dozens of Ukrainians have been arrested and are being held in Russian prisons just because they have Ukrainian passports. Hundreds of Ukrainians are being held in the basements in occupied territories as hostages of criminal power," the Ukrainian president noted.

"We insist on respecting the Minsk agreements, including in terms of the immediate release of hostages," Poroshenko concluded.

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