Thursday, December 28 2017 16:56 EET
Poroshenko underlines that Ukraine will not betray or forget the captives insisting to increase efforts on returning hostages home
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The Ukrainian government should resume talks with Moscow, insisting on the release of Ukrainian hostages in the occupied Donbas and Russia, Poroshenko said at a briefing during his working visit to Odesa region.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko instructed to resume the negotiations with Russia on release of Ukrainian political prisoners from Russian prisons as well as hostages held in the occupied territory.

“I instructed to immediately resume negotiations with the Russian Federation to return those held in Russia and in the occupied territory,” the Head of State said.

'We can neither betray nor forget the captives. Yesterday's release of our hostages is a historical event, it's the second birthday for them all', he said.

Next prisoners’ exchange in Donbas can take place under 74 for 29 formula. The date of the second stage is not specified.

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron have welcomed the exchange of detained persons on both sides of the conflict in the east of Ukraine on Wednesday and called to continue the process until all the prisoners are released.

Earlier Ukrainians illegally kept in the occupied areas were warmly welcomed home at Boryspil airport after the prisoner swap.

The prisoner swap took place on December 27 in a neutral zone near the town of Mayorsk, close to the Russian-occupied town of Horlivka, in Donetsk region. Ukraine handed over 233 persons requested by the Russian mercenaries in exchange for 73 Ukrainian hostages. 

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