Prisoners exchange: SBU 'ready to exchange three militants for one Ukrainian'

17:52 Sep. 1, 2016

SBU 'ready to exchange three militants for one Ukrainian'

Chairman of Ukraine's SBU Security Service Vasyl Hrytsak answers journalists' questions in Kyiv (UNIAN photo)

Ukraine insists on all-out prisoners of war exchange

The Ukrainian SBU service is ready to exchange three Donbas militants for one Ukrainian soldier or a civilian held hostage in Russia, top security official Vasyl Hritsak said, the UNIAN agency reports. 

"We've sunk into sutiation in which we are ready to get one Ukrainian hostage for three militants, only to bring our boys back", he claimed. 

The SBU prepared hostages lists that were repeatedly handed over to the opposite party during the Minsk negotiations. 

Read more Putin: There are no Ukrainian hostages in Russia

Ukraine insists on an all-out release of hostages and "all in all" prisoners of war exchange. Russian-backed militants are blocking the exchange process, demanding amnesty for 600 criminals and refusing Ukrainian proposals, according to Kyiv's representative in Minsk process Iryna Herashenko. 

 

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