News from Ukraine: Militants threaten Ukrainian prisoners with 30 years in jail (updated with video)
Politics18:57 Jul. 24, 2016

Militants threaten Ukrainian prisoners with 30 years in jail (updated with video)

Ukrainian hostages still held in jail, even in the worse conditions - Ukrainian President's envoy 

Russia-backed militants transferred Ukrainian prisoners (kidnapped in eastern Ukraine) to jail and threatened them with a sentence of 30 years in prison.

This was reported by Iryna Herashchenko - Ukrainian President's envoy on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (Trilateral Contact Group) and first deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament.

"(Ukrainian) prisoners are still held in jail, even in the worse conditions because they were transferred to the detention centre and threatened with 30-year imprisonment sentence. In the meanwhile, a religious procession "for peace" supported by Moscow's Patriarchate for some reason marches on to Kyiv, not to Moscow, to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. It is where (in Moscow) they should pray for peace and ask for release of Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian land...", Herashchenko wrote.

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According to her, back in April, "representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics deceived the whole world and refused to fulfil their own pledge to free (Ukrainian) hostages before Easter. Prisoners' poor mothers and wives sent a letter to Patriarch Kirill requesting him to assist in freeing their beloved ones, praying and crying in despair to exert any influence on those 'very devout' militant leaders adorned with crosses and orange-and-black St. George ribbons (as a symbol of pro-Russian and separatist sentiment) to have them release POWs..."

However, according to Herashchenko, the letters did not have any feedback.

As of June 8, 112 Ukrainians are held in militant captivity, 10 of them are detained in Russia.

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