Russia in response to the proposal to release Ukrainian soldiers Sergey Glendora, Bohdan, and Alexander Pastushenko Korinkova captured during the events in debaltseve, said that waiting for the change of power in Ukraine, said the first Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Irina Gerashchenko.
The Ukrainian side during the negotiations of the trilateral contact group on settling the situation in the Donbas January 30, suggested that Russia and the militants to release three Ukrainians detained in occupied Donetsk, in exchange for three Russians convicted in Ukraine. About this in Facebook wrote the first Deputy speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s representative to the Humanities subgroup of the contact group Irina Gerashchenko.
“We have one more demand: the release of three of our military, which the militants held since the time of the tragedy in Debaltsevo. In the terrible anniversary of Russia’s violations of the Minsk agreement, the shooting and the capture of Debalcevo, we launched an initiative that is ready to transfer three Russians convicted of crimes in the Donbas, in exchange for heroes -Sergei Gandara, Bohdan, and Alexander Pastushenko Korinkova being held in Donetsk four years”, – said the politician.
According to her, on this proposal, “zero response”.
“Russia said that waiting for the change of power in Ukraine, and that will give them and then prisoners of the Russians, and all of our wishlist – just because.”
She also said that the Russian Federation refused to release Ukrainian political prisoners in exchange for Russians convicted in Ukraine.
21 Dec 2018 Gerashchenko said that Ukraine is ready to have an exchange with Russia and separate regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the format of “22 to 22 and 72 to 19”.
28 December, she noted that Russia and representatives of ORDO finally abandoned predlojeniyami delegation to hold a video conference on the exchange of detained persons.
The last major exchange of detainees took place on 27 December 2017. Ukraine traded 233 detainees at 73 Ukrainian hostages.