Ukraine ready to swap 8 captured militants for Ukrainian hostages - Gerashchenko

21:50, 01 July 2016
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The Ukrainian side is ready to exchange the eight pro-Russian militants earlier detained in the area of Shyrokine in Donbas for the Ukrainian hostages, Ukraine’s representative in the humanitarian subgroup at the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement, first Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Gerashchenko has told the reporters, according to an UNIAN correspondent. Maksim Ivanishchev

"I want to thank the OSCE SMM because they admitted very honestly and fairly that the eight thugs, who were detained by the Armed Forces of Ukraine near Shyrokine are no demining engineers. They seem to be snipers," said Gerashchenko.

"I believe… they are snipers who were not doing mine clearance but rather tried to engage in subversive activity. But I want to say that the Ukrainian side is ready to hand over to the other side these captured men for the release of our hostages," the Ukrainian envoy said.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, a group of eight pro-Russian militants was captured in the ATO zone in Donbas in a successful raid by the Ukrainian troops.

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