16:03 13.02.2017

Release of hostages to be key subject for discussion in humanitarian subgroup on Donbas

The humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) in Minsk will consider the issues of release of hostages and access of representatives of humanitarian missions to the Donbas territory uncontrolled by Ukraine on February 15, Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada first deputy speaker and Kyiv's representative in the humanitarian subgroup Iryna Gerashchenko said.

"The key subject is, certainly, release of hostages and access of international humanitarian missions," Gerashchenko told reporters in Kyiv on Monday.

"'A total of 109 Ukrainian citizens, who are on the lists of the Ukrainian Security Service, are civilians and servicemen and are considered hostages in the territory of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions," she said, recalling that the self-proclaimed Donbas republics have so far confirmed just over 40 people from this list.

At that, Gerashchenko said that the Ukrainian side is aware of the location of 15 people from this list. "We are always talking about that and it's very important to record that these people exist," she said.

As reported, the next meeting of the TCG on the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine will take place on February 15.

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