: Donbas militants 'sentence' UN official for 'war crimes'

11:13 Jun. 16, 2016

Donbas militants 'sentence' UN official for 'war crimes'

A pro-Russian fighter looks on in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Saturday, June 21, 2014, with a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin on the left (AP Photo)

Ukraine offers militants to release 25 critically ill Ukrainian citizens held in captivity in Donbas   

The pro-Russian militants said that UN representative Yuriy Suprun was 'convicted of war crimes,' while a historian Ihor Kozlovskiy was a 'spy,' refusing to release both men, as reported by Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, Ukrainian President's envoy on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Iryna Herashchenko, first deputy chairwoman of the Ukrainian parliament.  

On the eve of the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group, Ukraine once again offered the militants to release 25 critically ill Ukrainian citizens, who are being held in captivity in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, Herashchenko wrote on Facebook.

Ukraine also expressed readiness to transfer 50 people in order to unlock the problem with hostages.

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"In response, we heard that the representative of the UN, Yu.Suprun, was ‘sentenced for war crimes' (the question of what pseudo-court issued the verdict is rhetorical), while a historian I.Kozlovsky  was a spy and manufactured ammunition..." said Herashchenko. "The absurdity of these statements is obvious and it only emphasizes with whom we are forced to communicate for the liberation of Ukrainians," she added. 

Reporting by UNIAN

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