Defense Ministry: Negotiations on release of prisoners at an impasse
The negotiation process for the release of Ukrainian soldiers from militant captivity in the Donbas conflict zone is at an impasse, Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Vasyl Budyk wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.
"The negotiation process is at an impasse. I will not go into details, but I think that it is necessary to change something in this issue," he wrote.
According to Budyk, last month the Ukrainian side managed to release 42 people from the captivity of the Russian-backed militants.
"This month we have been asked not to interfere with a large exchange. Despite our trying as much as possible to prevent the breakdown of the negotiations, they have reached an impasse. We will either play politics, or release our guys," he said.
Budyk also referred to a statement by the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic militant organization, Oleksandr Zakharchenko, to suspend the exchange of prisoners.
According to Zakharchenko, the reason for such a decision was the non-implementation of the Minsk agreements by the Ukrainian authorities.