Today, December 27, at the checkpoint Maori in the suburbs temporarily occupied Gorlovka held a large-scale exchange of Ukrainian hostages among Pro-Russian militants on the individuals that they want to receive in return. On the completion of the exchange in his Facebook said the representative of the President in the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko.
“The exchange process is ended. The Ukrainian side has received the 74 hostages who were in captivity in the occupied part of Donbass. They return home,” – wrote the Deputy.
At the same time, according to LIGA.net the exchange process continues – as of 16:47 is a roll call.
President Petro Poroshenko visited the area ATO to meet liberated Ukrainians.
“Just thanked our boys who return from captivity. Among them is a cyborg Alexander Morozov and historian Igor Kozlovsky. Thanks for the endurance, guys”, – wrote the head of state in his Facebook.
Exchange on the crossing of roads going to Konstantinovka, and Gorlovka Bakhmut, had to pass under the scheme “306 for a 74”. However, according to the negotiator from Ukraine in the Minsk process, Viktor Medvedchuk, with the release of the 74 hostages the militants eventually gave 237 individuals, instead of the announced 306: 40 persons included in the terrorist list was released earlier, 29, the refused to exchange.
To exchange the hostages from the militants was (confirmed data only) 170 Ukrainians. Thus, in the temporarily occupied territory are still waiting for the release of about a hundred people.