76 Ukrainians return home following detainee exchange

The exchange of detainees between Ukraine and Russia has ended at the Mayorske entry and exit checkpoint in the Donetsk region, Ukraine’s Presidential Office has reported on Facebook.

“The mutual release of detained persons is over. Seventy-six of our people are safe in Ukraine-controlled territory,” the report reads.

According to preliminary data from Ukrainian Ombudsman Liudmyla Denisova, 80 Ukrainian captives were to be released.

She did not rule out that the number of people could change.

On December 23, during a videoconference of the Trilateral Contact Group, an agreement was reached on the mutual release of detained persons by the end of the year, as stipulated by the conclusions of the Normandy Four summit in Paris on December 9.

Five former Berkut police officers – Pavlo Abroskin, Serhiy Zinchenko, Oleksandr Marynchenko, Serhiy Tamtura and Oleh Yanishevsky – were included in the prisoner swap list.

They are charged with abuse of power, unlawful handling of weapons, premeditated murder and causing bodily harm to Maidan activists.

On December 28, 2019, Kyiv Court of Appeal ruled to change the measures of restraint for five former employees of the Berkut special police force in the Maidan killings case to personal recognizance.

© 2019 Ukrinform News



  1. The pattern is getting well established : innocent hostages held by the putinazi state exchanged for filthy, murdering scum. So every time putler wants his scum back, he takes more hostages.
    Re the ad for SkyUp: I used their Barcelona-Odessa flight as soon as it started and can confirm that they are good: prices very reasonable, they fly on time and staff are professional.

    • Wow. You travel quite alot. Spain, Georgia, Ukraine… You seem to be as fit as a sneaker. 😂 I hate to fly, in particular to Australia. I’m already scared of the flight back home. At least a quicky with Suzanna on the plane saved me. 😊 The good news is we will have a firework here in Sydney, despite the forest fires! 😇

      • I spend a lot of time in Georgia these days, as I have (modest) business interests there.
        I have friends and family in Oz and I love it. But don’t go so often as I can’t stand the flight. But when I do go, I stop over for 3 days in Singapore there and back to break the journey. Singapore is nice : peaceful, always hot and especially good if you are a foodie!

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