27 Jun 2019 19:09

Ukraine's Security Service has no official info on DPR, LPR captives to be released on June 28

KYIV. June 27 (Interfax) - The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has no official information regarding the individuals whom the breakaway republics of Donbas have promised to release on June 28.

"The SBU has no official information regarding the persons that the D/LPR [Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics] are going to return to Ukraine. At the same time, we are ready to welcome back home all of the Ukrainians who were captured by militants, and we consider it a positive thing," the agency said on Facebook on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, the head of the political council of the Opposition Platform-For Life party, Viktor Medvedchuk, had agreed on a transfer of four Ukrainian prisoners with the DPR and LPR leaders, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik.

"It has been decided to release four Ukrainian citizens, including three servicemen, held in Donetsk and Luhansk," Verkhovna Rada deputy Vadym Rabinovych wrote on Facebook on Thursday.

He posted a photocopy of the list of Ukrainian captives who would be released.

According to the document, there are plans to release Ukrainian army serviceman Dmytro Velyky born in 1998, who was taken prisoner by the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) on September 11, 2016; Ukrainian army squad commander Yakov Veremeichyk born in 1986 captured by the LPR on May 25, 2018; and first sergeant of the 53rd separate motorized infantry brigade of the Ukrainian Ground Forces Maksym Goryainov born in 1984 who was taken prisoner by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on May 22, 2017.

Kyiv will also receive Eduard Mikheyev born in 1964, who was detained by the LPR State Security Ministry on October 16, 2017 and sentenced to 12 years in prison for treason by an LPR military tribunal.

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