Today 9 Ukrainian hostages were released in Lugansk Region. 139 are still on the least and kept on the territories of “DPR” and “LPR” controlled by pro-Russian armed groups.
The exchange took place on a bridge near Shchastya city. 8 of the released hostages are military including one who was captured by terrorists in Donetsk Airport. One of the hostages who was released today is a civilian. Ukrainian side gave 11 men to pro-Russian militants.
This operation was a result of the hard work of the contact group in Minsk and representatives of International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).
There are still 139 of Ukrainians kept as hostages, 788 are missing. We must find everyone. The question of release and search will be one of the key subjects during the meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Berlin in Normandy format on November 6.
– Iryna Gerashchenko at www.facebook.com/iryna.gerashchenko
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