Ukraine’s Poroshenko, Russia’s Putin discussed release of Ukrainian hostages

Ukrainian and Russian presidents discussed the liberation of Ukrainian servicemen held in the Russian Federation, occupied Donbas, and Crimea.

As reported by Censor.NET, a source familiar with the matter Tuesday told ZN.UA that Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation.

According to the source, it was quite a long conversation that was held on the initiative of the Ukrainian side. The third anniversary of the Minsk accords’ conclusion became a pretext for the talks, the source said.

The presidential press office confirmed to ZN.UA that the conversation between the leaders did take place.

"The president of Ukraine had a telephone conversation with the Russian president in order to encourage the release of Ukrainian hostages, namely to swap captured border guards and Ukrainian soldiers held in the occupied territories. The agenda of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Normandy Four (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia – Ed.) scheduled for Feb. 16 in Munich was also discussed. The telephone conversation took place in coordination with the European partners from among the Normandy Four and American allies," Poroshenko’s press office said in a statement.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3050273