POWs in Ukraine: Presidential envoy discloses number of Ukrainians released from captivity during two years of war

13:55 Aug. 23, 2016

Presidential envoy discloses number of Ukrainians released from captivity during two years of war

Ukrainian prisoners of war are led by Russian-backed militants between opposing front lines to a prisoner exchange on February 21, 2015, Ukraine (Getty Images)

More than 3,000 Ukrainian hostages were set free, some 100 still remain prisoners - Gerashchenko

Since the beginning of Russian aggression against Ukraine, more than 3,000 Ukrainian hostages were set free. This was stated by the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, representative of the Trilateral Contact Group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas, Iryna Gerashchenko.

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"Since the start of war, we were able to release 3,080 people thanks to the joint work of the president in the first place, diplomatic mission, the Security Service of Ukraine, and volunteers. However, only 80 hostages were set free this year as the largest number of people was released during the biggest tragedies of this war -  the battles of Ilovaysk and Debaltseve, when our soldiers were encircled and later released," said Gerashchenko.

She added that the fewer the hostages remain in captivity, the harder it is to release them.

For today, 107 people are still in the hands of the Russian-backed separatist forces, there are both military and civilians among them.

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