Category Archives: Hostages

SBU names number of Ukrainians held captive in occupied Donbas

23:30, 05 May 2020 The security agency has told how a list of those gone missing in the occupied areas is being formed. The number of Ukrainians held by Russian-controlled forces in the occupied Donbas exceeds 200, says the Security Service of Ukraine. As of April 30, 2020, a total of 214 persons remain in captivity, the latest data say,

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U.S. Ambassador Slams ‘Egregious’ Charges Against Journalists In Russia

April 22, 2020 15:59 GMT MOSCOW — The U.S. ambassador to Russia has criticized what he calls the Russian government’s lack of action to protect journalists who have received threats of retaliation from Russian officials or face criminal charges considered trumped up by their supporters. In an online briefing on April 22, Ambassador John J. Sullivan slammed extremism charges launched

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So-called Donetsk People’s Republic suggests ’10 for 8’ formula for prisoner exchange

According to its Ombudsman Darina Morozova, the Ukrainian side responded with a refusal The so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) suggested holding an exchange of prisoners with Ukraine via “10 for 8” formula in the shortest time. It was reported by TASS with reference to DNR’s Ombudsman Darina Morozova. According to Morozova, the proposal was made during the negotiations that took

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Man involved in deaths of ten Ukrainian servicemen in Donbas in 2014 now on exchange list

17:11, 26 December 2019 In July 2014, Mykola Butrymenko revealed the information about the position of Ukrainian special service agents near Snizhne, Donetsk region; Russian mercenaries attacked the emplacement, which resulted in the casualties. Mykola Butrymenko, charged with involvement in the murder of ten servicemen of Ukraine’s special service in Donbas is now on the exchange list, as Ukraine and the self-styled

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Human rights activist: 88 political prisoners still behind bars in Russia-occupied Crimea

23:59, 21 December 2019 Twelve people were released, but 40 new were arrested in 2019. Head of the Crimean human rights group Olha Skrypnyk says that 88 political prisoners are still behind bars in Russia-occupied Crimea. “The situation has not improved. Now 88 people are in jail in Crimean cases,” she told Hromadske Radio on  December 21. In 2019, twelve

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Zelensky expects 72 Ukrainian hostages to be freed from Russia-occupied Donbas

04:20, 10 December 2019 The Ukrainian president wants this to happen by the year’s end. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced the Normandy Four leaders in Paris on December 9 backed the idea that there should be an exchange of detainees as a result of which 72 Ukrainian hostages may return home from Russia-occupied Donbas. “The exchange. Honestly, ‘all for

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Kyiv and Moscow agreed on scenario of all-for-all exchange, – source

18:53, 27 November 2019 Exchange of 250 people for 100 is being discussed. Negotiations between Ukraine and Russia on a large-scale “all-for-all” exchange are in the final stages. RBC reported it, citing the sources. “The important issue now is the exchange of all established persons for all established persons between Kyiv and Donbas. The lists have already been agreed and approved,” the source said.

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Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh testifies about tortures in Russia

Balukh says he was threaten with sexual abuse. Photo from UNIAN Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh, who has recently been freed from Russian captivity in a prisoner swap, has said he was tortured immediately after arriving in the Russian colony. “I was beaten in the colony. There were a lot of them, about 10 people, at least eight. I did

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Ukrainian POW sailors, at least eight political prisoners being held in Moscow’s detention center

20:46, 02 September 2019 At the same time, it was said Sentsov had not been transferred to this detention center. Twenty-four POW sailors and at least eight political prisoners from Ukraine are being held at Moscow’s Lefortovo detention center.  The political prisoners include Volodymyr Balukh, Yevhen Panov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Mykola Karpiuk, Stanislav Klykh, Pavlo Hryb, Roman Suschenko and Oleksiy Syzonovych.

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Prisoner swap: Ukrainian political prisoners, POW sailors on their way home – media

The sailors have reportedly arrived in Ukraine, their families were informed. 07:40, 30 August 2019 Newly-elected Prosecutor General of Ukraine Ruslan Riaboshapka said that Ukrainian political prisoners, including Oleh Sentsov, Volodymyr Balukh, and Pavlo Hryb, are returning to Ukraine. He reposted a Facebook post by Anna Isliamova, a Ukrainian Parliament staffer. “The swap is complete. Sailors, Karpiuk, Balukh, Hryb are

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