Monthly Archives: December 2019

Ukraine, Russian-backed militants agreed to not ‘persecute’ released captives, Russia claims

As part of the Dec. 29 prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russian-backed militants, both sides agreed not to persecute or prosecute those released, a senior Russian diplomat and Kremlin representative has said. That is according to Boris Gryzlov, Russia’s envoy to the Contact Group that works on a diplomatic solution to Russia’s war against Ukraine, a conflict entering its sixth

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Demand to swap suspects in Maidan killings shows Russia's direct involvement – UWC

The organization has once again called on the international community to declare Russia an aggressor state, and maintain pressure and sanctions to prevent further hostage-taking and ensure effective implementation of the Normandy summit resolutions. “Implementation of the Normandy resolutions is necessary for peace in Ukraine, but it must be fair and not at all cost,” said Paul Grod / Photo

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President: Issue of release of Ukrainians from Russia and annexed Crimea being addressed

30.12.2019 12:54 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that his team currently addresses the issue of return of Ukrainians held in Russia and annexed Crimea. “Many our people are still held in the Russian Federation and a lot of them have been taken from Crimea. This is another issue we currently address,” Zelensky told journalists at the Boryspil airport,

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Three hundred more Ukrainians held captive in occupied Donbas

30.12.2019 13:28 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

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Prisoner swap deal seen as 'real attack on credibility of Ukraine justice system'

The deal that led to an exchange of prisoners on Sunday between Ukraine and Russia-backed separatists in the country’s war-torn east — swapping detained fighters for civilians and soldiers — has spurred public outrage in some quarters. Among those handed over to the separatists as part of the swap, Kiev included five riot policemen suspected of killing protesters during a

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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

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Zelensky: If I could give away 100 Berkut fighters in order to return one of our scouts, I would do it

President Zelensky commented on the exchange of the former Berkut fighters for the first time22:40, 29 December 2019300 Zelensky talked to people at the airport Dec 29,2019t.me/pavlovskynews At Boryspil Airport, President Volodymyr Zelensky commented the exchange of the former Berkut fighters for the first time as the society was discussing its feasibility during a week. Zelensky stated that it was demand of

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President was supposed to explain the release of Berkut to hundreds of Heavenly families, but went to the opening of the bridge

Sometimes the only thing left when dealing with a cannibal is to simply stand by his victim. By eater, I mean Putin and his regime. He unscrewed our hands and put us in a situation that basically should not be. I just returned from the court of appeal, which released the Berkutsk people under personal obligation. Everyone understood what the decision of the

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Prisoner swap: Ukraine extradited accused of attempt on Okueva and Osmaev

Artur Denisultanov spent two and a half years in a Ukrainian pre-trial detention center waiting a court verdict, and three days before the exchange, charges were against him were dropped21:20, 29 December 2019200 Artur DenisultanovOpen source Ukraine extradited to militants Artur Denisultanov who was accused of an attempted assassination of Chechen volunteers who took part in hostilities in Donbas on

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Liberated Ukrainians fly home, – President's Office

The board is heading to Boryspil airport, where they will be met by the president of Ukraine20:52, 29 December 2019000 Open source Ukrainians liberated during the prisoner swap between Ukraine and uncontrolled Donbas territories are flying home from the Chuguyiv military airfield. This was reported by the press service of the President’s Office. “The board with the 76th liberated Ukrainians flies from the

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France Macron, Germany Merkel welcome prisoner swap in Ukraine

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed a prisoner swap completed on Sunday between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, they said in a joint statement. Remaining detainees in the five-year conflict were bussed to an exchange point in the breakaway Donbass region, in an exchange that was agreed upon

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List of exchanged for the Berkut Agents

The Security Service of Ukraine published a complete list of Ukrainians, who returned from the conclusion of the occupied territories of Donbas. Relevant information was published on the SBU website. A complete list of released people is as follows: Military servicemen Volodymyr Voskoboinyk Oleksandr Heimur Serhiy Hlondar Ivan Duyev Kim Duvanov Yuriy Yevtoshok Vasyl Zhemelinsky Serhiy Ivanchuk Oleksandr Korinkov Bohdan Pantiushenko Borys

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Russian soldiers evacuated by helicopter after fist fight with American military in Syria

The media reported that the Russian soldiers had been urgently evacuated after a fist fight with American military. As Russian publication The Military Review (Voyennoe Obozrenie) reports, citing several sources, the fight between American and  Russian soldiers did take place in Syria, and, as a result, the Russian soldiers had to be urgently taken to the hospital. “The Israeli press drew attention

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Kyiv-Donbas swap: Pro-Kremlin militants bring people to Mayorske checkpoint

The exchange began as intended, at 11 a.m. Sunday10:55, 29 December 2019400 Armed militants, prisoner swap, December 2019TASS Members of the pro-Kremlin illegal armed formations in Donbas brought the forcefully held Ukrainians to the site of exchange.  Vehicles of the International Committee of the Red Cross parked in the area. OSCE vehicles patrol the premises, checking whether the exchange procedure is not

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