War Statistics: Ukraine's Security Service discloses number of released captives and those still held hostages

15:13 Sep. 23, 2016

Ukraine's Security Service discloses number of released captives and those still held hostages

Released captives pass through a mine obstacle during an exchange of prisoners of war in eastern Ukraine (UNIAN photo)

Moreover, exact addresses of militant torture chambers are made public

111 Ukrainian citizens are still held prisoners in the militant-occupied areas of eastern Ukraine, 9 captives have been smuggled to the Russian Federation.

This was stated by the head of Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) Vasyl Hrytsak.

499 Ukrainian nationals are still unaccounted for.

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SBU chief says his agency knows the whereabouts of 57 hostages, and the information about them has already been reported to the administration of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.

"We are very grateful to this person and we count on their assistance to secure the release of our citizens," Hrytsak was quoted as saying by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

On September 23, SBU has also made public the list of facilities which are used by the Donbas militants as prisons and torture chambers.

Separatist ‘authorities' operate six of them in the city of Donetsk, and two more in Luhansk.

In total, since the beginning of Russian aggression against Ukraine 3,082 Ukrainian hostages were set free, including 1484 civilians and 1598 servicemen and police officers.

As earlier reported, Kyiv is currently reviewing the list of 618 persons whom Russian-backed separatists proposed to exchange for 47 Ukrainians.

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