Today 9 Ukrainian hostages were released in Lugansk Region. 139 are still on the list

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.

Iryna Gerashchenko and Ukrainian hostages released in Lugansk Region

Iryna Gerashchenko and Ukrainian hostages released in Lugansk Region

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.

POWs exchange in Lugansk Region, photo by 24tv.ua

POWs exchange in Lugansk Region, photo by 24tv.ua

This operation was a result of the hard work of the contact group in Minsk and representatives of International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).

Representatives of ICRC who helped to release hostages

Representatives of ICRC who helped to release hostages

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

ICRC in Lugansk Region during POWs exchange

ICRC in Lugansk Region during POWs exchange

You can also check more photos at http://24tv.ua

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