REUTERS

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during his latest conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin had initiated a discussion on the release of 22 Crimean Tatars, who were being illegally held in occupied Crimea, the President's Office reports.

"The list has already been transferred to the Russian side. And we expect this issue will also be resolved," Yermak said as he traveled along with the president on a working trip to Donbas.

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In addition, the official reiterated Zelensky had requested the release of Crimean Tatar Ruslan Suleimanov, whose toddler son had tragically died recently.

Background

On July 26, 2020, Zelensky held a phone conversation with Putin.

During the phone call, the two leaders discussed the implementation of the agreements reached during the Normandy summit in Paris on December 9, 2019.