10:49 24.11.2017

EPP to call on Russia to release Ukrainian hostages and political prisoners - Yeliseyev

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EPP to call on Russia to release Ukrainian hostages and political prisoners - Yeliseyev

The European People's Party (EPP) will call on Russia to release Ukrainian political prisoners and hostages who are held in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Deputy Head of Ukraine's Presidential Administration Kostiantyn Yeliseyev has said.

"It is very important that at the [EPP] summit, on the proposal of Ukrainian President [Petro Poroshenko], the declaration calls for the immediate release of Ukrainian hostages in Donbas, as well as political prisoners in Ukraine, who are currently held in Russian prisons," he said live on the 112 Ukraine television channel on Thursday, November 23.

He also said that the Ukrainian president had raised the issue of the need to support the position on the deployment of a UN peacekeeping force to the territory of the occupied Donbas.

"This proposal was approved, and this idea will also be included in the text of the joint declaration of the European People's Party summit," Yeliseyev said.

According to him, the EPP summit will condemn Russian aggression against Ukraine and call for the continuation of anti-Russian sanctions imposed several years ago.

The EPP summit is currently being held in Brussels (Belgium).

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