SBU says ready to swap three militants for each Ukrainian citizen
Chief of Ukraine’s SBU Security Service Vasyl Hrytsak said the agency is ready to exchange three detained militants for each Ukrainian hostage remaining in captivity in Donbas, according to an UNIAN correspondent reporting from Hrytsak’s briefing in Kramatorsk Wednesday.
"We have already reached the point when we are ready to give for each [Ukrainian hostage] three of them [the militants]. All we need is to bring our guys back home," he said.
"We have prepared the lists and we have repeatedly passed these lists on to the other side in the framework of the Minsk format. I hope our priests will assist us along the religious line, to do some work in this respect and accelerate the process of settling this issue, to bring the guys back home," said Hrytsak.
Read alsoFormer hostage Zhemchuhov outraged at militants cheating in swap processAs UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine insists on the release of hostages in an "all for all" format, including Ukrainians, held in the Russian Federation.
Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the country’s envoy to the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral contact group Iryna Gerashchenko said that the process of hostage release has been practically blocked by the militants.
Read alsoPoroshenko: ICRC not allowed to Ukrainian hostages contrary to Berlin agreementsMoreover, she said that the militants demanded amnesty for 600 criminals and rejected the Ukraine-proposed scheme of hostage swap.