10 Ukrainian soldiers released; 30 from group still held captive

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2014/09/05 • News

Ten Ukrainian soldiers arrived in Kyiv after their release from captivity, which was made possible thanks to the work of the negotiating team of Colonel-General Vladimir Ruban and community activist Ruslana Lyzhychko.

According to Ruban, the opposing side proposed that they themselves choose eight prisoners out of a total of 40, and leave the rest in captivity. However, the soldiers freed the negotiators from this difficult choice by making it themselves. First, they exempted the officers [from being chosen], then elected the youngest among the soldiers and those who have children.

Through her participation, Lyzhychko managed to get an additional two people included in the release, although the initial agreement on the exchange was eight to eight.

Hromadske.tv Video of press conference announcing their release

Source: Hromadske.tv
Translated by Olena Wawryshyn
  • LorCanada

    Why not let them all go – from both sides?