According to Lysenko, the prisoners issue is very sensitive and is used by the persons from the occupied territories who want to cash in on it. "The militants are calling relatives and say that they are holding their guy prisoner, and they may come and take him, which will cost them a certain amount of money. The people are certainly distressed for their relatives in captivity - it is the human nature. They raise money and are forced to leave and try to redeem their captured and actually fall prisoners themselves. In fact, most of these calls are untrue, as a rule," Lysenko said.
He advised to appeal to the Security Service of Ukraine instead with information: "The big request to those who are actually in such a distress not to be tricked by such terrorists' demands and not bring the money getting subsequently in captivity," Lysenko said.
According to him, the process of exchange of prisoners continues: "We cannot say that it goes on as fast as we would like it to, but it is underway and we manage to free our guys in small groups."