: :inin Kyiv (EET)

245 Ukrainians still held captive by Russian militants


30 servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have been released from militant captivity in the past two months.

President’s envoy for the peaceful settlement of the Donbas conflict and Ukrainian representative of the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, MP Iryna Herashchenko said this on the air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

“Today we have the first large-scale exchange in recent months. Our heroes have been held captive for a period from six to nine months. Over two months of work of the Minsk subgroup on humanitarian issues, we’ve managed to release about 30 soldiers from captivity,” she said.

Herashchenko noted that a total of 245 Ukrainian soldiers, including female ones, were being illegally held by Russian-backed militants in Donbas.

10 Ukrainian soldiers were released from captivity on July 10.

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