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 Fate of each Ukrainian hostage held in Donbas is decided in Kremlin, - SBU adviser Tandit

107 Ukrainian citizens remain in captivity of "DPR/LPR", including 64 military, Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) says.

This was announced by adviser to SBU head Yurii Tandit on air of Radio Svoboda, Censor.NET informs.

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"According to SBU, 107 people are deemed hostages in Donetsk and Luhansk, including 64 military. I was lucky enough to be at the Wednesday meeting in Minsk. I saw how negotiators behaved themselves at the meeting.

"It was the first time that we managed to get the list of our guys from Donetsk and Luhansk ["People's Republics" - ed.]. Until this moment they had only confirmed 21 our hostages. On Wednesday, we got the list - 42 and three [persons - ed.]. I think it will be even more in Luhansk.

"I can only say that war is not a firework, it's hard work. As of now, we have released or found and confirmed 3,080 people over the two years. Being a volunteer, I remember how we started it, how much work had been done to talk over the phones with 'field commanders' and others who made decisions. There were criminal bosses there, there were so-called Cossacks there, and many others. [I remember] us going there and picking up our guys.

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"Now the situation has aggravated and complicated not because Ukraine does not want to take away [its people - ed.], but because Russia has understood these people in the east of Ukraine, in Luhansk and Donetsk, are puppets... And decision on every Ukrainian hostage is made in the Kremlin.

"From the meeting on Wednesday, we have certain results. As a person who participated in the talks, I can say that this time we managed to discuss all the details of what will happen next.

"We do not announce any releases. The only thing I can say is that we are preparing an event within agreements of 'all-for-all' [exchange - ed.]. And we'll do our best to release the guys as soon as possible. It's very important for us!" Tandit said.

He confirmed the progress in the exchange talks with the terrorists.

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