Three hundred more Ukrainians held captive in occupied Donbas
About three hundred more Ukrainians are held captive in the territory of so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic”.
“Today, we have a valid confirmation about a hundred people who have documents – their relatives show that pre-trial detention center accepts parcels [for detainees] and issues relevant certificates… I fairly understand that about 200 people stay there without any documents… That is why I assume that we will negotiate on 300 more people,” Valeriya Lutkovska, the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group’s humanitarian subgroup, said at the press conference on December 29, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.
She underscored that out of 300 people, who are held captive by militants, at least 100 people are “identified” and have documents, while 200 more captives have no documents.
As reported, on December 29, the detainee exchange between Ukraine and the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” and “Luhansk People’s Republic” took place at the Mayorske entry-exit checkpoint in Donetsk region.
Seventy-six people returned to Ukraine. Ukraine transferred 127 detainees, being ready to transfer 141 people, but 14 of them refused to return to the militant-controlled territory.