President's Office, Ukraine

The number of Ukrainians held by Russian-controlled forces in the occupied Donbas exceeds 200, says the Security Service of Ukraine.

As of April 30, 2020, a total of 214 persons remain in captivity, the latest data say, RFE/RL reported referring to the SBU.

"The list of persons the Ukrainian side is searching for as those illegally deprived of liberty in the temporarily occupied territories is compiled based on appeals from families and relatives of victims, reports by non-government organizations, mass media, as well as information exchange between entities involved in the implementation of relevant tasks," the SBU said.

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According to information records of the Joint Center for the coordination of search for and release of persons illegally deprived of liberty, hostages, and search for missing persons in the area of ​​Joint Forces Operation as of April 30, 2020, a total of 214 persons were listed as unlawfully deprived of liberty," the report reads.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the latest exchange of held persons in Donbas was held April 16, when Russian-controlled forces released 20 Ukrainians, while the Ukrainian government handed 14 persons to the occupied territories.