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“At about 3 a.m. an exchange of prisoners took place,” he said adding that they released two people in exchange for Yurchenko.
The poet, a French national, was held captive by the government forces in Donetsk since May.
“He was beaten in captivity - his ribs are broken,” the DPR man said without specifying the identity of people that the militia handed over to Kiev representatives.
Yurchenko arrived in Ukraine’s conflict-gripped southeast from Paris as a volunteer.
“He is a Paris playwright, actor, poet, laureate of international contests and president of the Les Saisons Russes (Russian Seasons) theatre association,” Gerashchenko said. “He translated reports and news into French in order, as he puts it, ‘to break the information blockade of Novorossiya for the French-speaking countries of the European Union.