Poroshenko in Paris held talks with Merkel and Macron / photo twitter.com/stsegolko
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel macron underscored the urgent need to resume the process of releasing Ukrainian hostages in the Donbas.
As the correspondent UNIAN correspondent, Poroshenko told reporters on the results of trilateral talks with Merkel and Macron in Paris.
According to the head of state, he discussed with the leaders of France and Germany, the issue of releasing Ukrainian political prisoners who are illegally detained in Russian prisons and in the occupied Crimea.
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Poroshenko noted that “it was noted the need to urgently return to the exchange of our heroes, including military, soldiers illegally detained in the occupied territory in the Donbas.”
As UNIAN reported earlier, on 16 October, the representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian sub-group of the Trilateral contact group on settling the situation in the Donbass Irina Gerashchenko said that the negotiations on the TCGP, which are held in Minsk, there is no progress on release of the Ukrainian hostages.
Reference to UNIAN. 27 December 2017 in the Donbas had an exchange of Ukrainian hostages. Ukraine gave up 233 inmates, who were detained in connection with the war in the East, and was serving a sentence in Ukrainian prisons, in exchange 73 Ukrainian hostages. Among the released Ukrainian hostages – 32 military and 41 civilian.
Negotiations on the further liberation of the Ukrainian hostages are still ongoing. The Ukrainian side emphasizes regularly that militants are sabotaging the liberation of hostages.
13 September 2018 Gerashchenko said that the fighters controlled by Russia confirm the retention of only “two dozen” Ukrainian hostages from more than 100 people, which Ukraine demands to release.