POW exchange: Militants take more Ukrainian prisoners in Donbas

12:46 Sep. 3, 2016

Militants take more Ukrainian prisoners in Donbas

Ukrainian soldiers before the exchange of prisoner took place near Lugansk, Donetsk region, on February 21, 2015 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (GettyImages Photo)

Adviser to Ukraine's security service chief reveals numbers of people, captured in separatist-held Donbas

Russian-backed separatist force have taken more prisoners in war-torn Donbas region. Latest information reveals that 109 Ukrainians are kept in militant captivity.

This is reported by Yuriy Tandit, an adviser to the chief of Ukraine's State Security Service, the SSU.

Read also: 'We are ready to exchange over 400 militants' - Ukrainian official

'Sadly, the number of our prisoners have increased in the last two days', Tandit said in an interview with the local 112 Channel.

Earlier Ukraine said 107 people, including 64 soldiers, had been captured by the separatists.

Tandit also refuted the information that Ukraine had released seven pro-Russian combatants, as the militants had recenty claimed.

Earlier Kyiv said 3,080 Ukrainians had been freed from captivity since the Russian aggression started in Donbas in early 2014. 

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