The representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), the ex-Ombudsman Valeria Lutkovskaya said that the Ukrainian side has information about 100 citizens held in the temporarily occupied territories, annexed by Crimea to Russia and the Russian Federation itself. She also noted that there are still no accurate information about 200 more people, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on Monday, December 30.
“We have almost 100 people for whom there is confirmation, their relatives brought documents. And about 200 people, for whom there is no exact confirmation. That is, we need to work 300 people each, ”Lutkovskaya explained.
At the same time, Lutkovskaya said that 17 people who had to return to ORDLO as part of the exchange refused this. "In addition, there are about 30 people who refused to participate in the exchange altogether ... They continue to serve their sentences (in Ukraine. - Ed.)," Said Lutkovskaya.
During an exchange in the Donbass, which took place on December 29, 81 people were released from the "LPR" and "DPR", of which 76 returned to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. This was announced by President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and explained that six people remained in the temporarily occupied territories, since their families are there. "If they want to move here, we will provide them with everything necessary," Zelensky said at the Boryspil airport after meeting the plane who delivered the Ukrainian to Kiev.
Zelensky, however, added that quite a lot of Ukrainian are kept in the temporarily occupied territories, in the annexed by Crimea Russia and in the Russian Federation itself. "We release all confirmed on all confirmed, so other people have not yet been confirmed. We have information that there are many of them: Ukrainian, located in the temporarily occupied territory, both in Russia and in Crimea," Zelensky explained.