KIEV, September 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Ten more Ukrainian soldiers captured in the recent military conflict by militia from Ukraine’s south-eastern regions were released on Tuesday, President Petro Poroshenko wrote on his Twitter account.
“Ten Ukrainian military servicemen from territorial battalions were released from captivity today,” Poroshenko wrote on Twitter. “One of them is an officer.”
The president earlier wrote on his Twitter account that militia from south-eastern Luhansk People’s Republic released on Monday six Ukrainian soldiers, who were held prisoners in the republic’s city of Krasny Luch. “Five of them are troops from the 24th brigade and one from the border guards’ brigade,” Poroshenko wrote.
There no information as of yet whether the Kiev authorities swapped any prisoners in return.
The prisoner swap is one of the key points of the agreement signed in Minsk on September 5 at the meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine. Since then, the sides have swapped hostages four times.
On Saturday, September 20, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Kiev exchanged prisoners of war in the ‘38 for 38’ format. The following day the sides exchanged prisoners of war in the ‘28 for 28’ format. The exchange, which took place 60 kilometers (over 37 miles) from Donetsk, was observed by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) mission.