Russian-backed militants hold 107 Ukrainians hostage, including 64 troops

UN mission representatives were allowed to see prisoners last week, for the first time in two years – Ukrainian President’s envoy

Russia-backed militants hold 107 Ukrainians prisoner, including 64 Ukrainian military.

This was reported by Iryna Herashchenko – Ukrainian President’s envoy on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (Trilateral Contact Group) and first deputy speaker of the Ukrainian parliament.

“Currently, 107 Ukrainians, including 64 soldiers, are held hostage in the militant-controlled areas of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. During the recent Minsk meeting, we managed to get a confirmation (from militants) that 45 Ukrainians are detained – not 20, as militants claimed earlier. It is a big and difficult job to find a man. 10 Ukrainian prisoners are held in Russian prisons, we are working in various formats, we are looking for tools to get them released. We had better not reveal all details at meetings, if we want to achieve results,” said Herashchenko.

She stated that she considers it important and positive that the UN mission representatives were allowed to see the Ukrainian hostages last week – for the first time in two years.