SBU checking whereabouts of 184 Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia-occupied Donbas
The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) is checking the whereabouts of 184 Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia-occupied Donbas.
"As part of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) for the peaceful settlement of the situation in the east of Ukraine, information about 184 people illegally deprived of liberty in temporarily occupied districts in Donetsk and Luhansk regions had been requested by January 20, 2020, according to the Joint Center for the coordination of the search, release of illegally detained persons in the area of implementation of measures to ensure national security and defense, repulse and deter aggression of the Russian Federation," Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty's Ukrainian Service said with reference to the SBU.
As UNIAN reported earlier, a recent large-scale prisoner swap between Ukraine and the self-proclaimed republics in Russia-occupied Donbas took place on December 29, 2019, when 76 Ukrainians (12 servicemen and 64 civilians) returned home in exchange for 124 detainees.
Early in January, Ukrainian envoy for the TCG's humanitarian subgroup Valeria Lutkovska said that about 300 people remained in captivity in Donbas.