"We have every reason to fear that some of our hostages could have been tortured to death in prisons across the occupied territories. We provided the OSCE with the information on 13 citizens who have been on the swap lists throughout these years, but then, for unknown reasons, their names disappeared from the lists of those who are confirmed to be held in Russia. We demand a full report on the fate of these people, just as on the fate of more than 70 Ukrainians, whose captivity is being concealed from us," Herashchenko said.
She also mentioned that at a TCG meeting Ukraine demanded to release three Ukrainian soldiers who have been in captivity since the Battle of Debaltseve. Russia ignored the proposal saying they will wait for the change of power in Ukraine.
"On the terrible anniversary of Russia’s violation of ceasefire and seizure of Debaltseve we agreed to swap three Russians convicted with war crimes in Donbas for Ukrainian heroes S. Hlondar, B. Pantiushenko and O. Korinkov being held captive in Donbas for four years," Herashchenko added.
"It is a disgrace how Russia and their puppets in the occupied Donbas, traitors to Ukraine, react to the humanitarian disaster. It's not about some new 'peace plans' that are needed to force Russia to give our people back, it's about new tough sanctions [against Russia]," concluded Herashchenko.