Refat Chubarov - Photo from UNIAN

The President's Office has held no consultations with the Mejlis regarding the release of political prisoners held by occupation authorities in Crimea, Chubarov said, commenting on the upcoming exchange of held persons set to be held between Ukraine government and representatives of occupation authorities in Donbas.

"None of over 65 political prisoners, Crimean Tatars, are on the swap list, including Abdullayev brothers Teymur and Uzeyir, Rustem Ismailov, […] Emil Dzhemadenov and Aider Saledinov," Chubarov wrote, adding that all of them had been sentenced to major prison terms.

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"I should note that the Ukrainian President's Office has held no consultations either with the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people or with families of Crimean political prisoners on the search for possible other ways to release Ukrainian citizens, illegally deprived of liberty in the territory of the temporarily occupied Crimea," he added.

Chubarov slammed criticism on the Ukrainian authorities over the fact, claiming that it was allegedly easier for the Ukrainian negotiators to "agree with the arguments of the Russian gangsters than to firmly stand for the freedom of all Ukrainian political prisoners."

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine and self-styled occupation administrations in Donbas are set to exchange about 200 held persons. According to Russian media, the "big swap" is scheduled for December 29.