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Total of 374 arrested by Kiev on suspicion of involvement with militia in Donetsk Region

May 12, 2015, 9:13 UTC+3 KIEV
Another 1,016 people are wanted
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KIEV, May 12. /TASS/. Kiev authorities have arrested 374 residents of east Ukraine's Donetsk Region on suspicion of involvement with militia of the self-proclaimed republics since April 2014, interior minister of the region Vyacheslav Abroskin said on Tuesday.

"Since April last year, criminal activity of 1,409 participants of armed groups was registered on the territory of the Donetsk Region, they will sooner or later be arrested," Abroskin wrote on his Facebook page.

"A total of 374 people have been arrested, while 1,016 people are wanted," he added.

DPR human rights ombudsperson Daria Morozova said earlier that Ukrainian forces detain people aged 40-65 to present them as prisoners of war. Donetsk has already handed over to Kiev all prisoners, she noted.

Prisoner exchange on "all for all" basis is one of the key point of the Minsk agreements on the Ukrainian settlement. Other points include ceasefire, heavy weaponry withdrawal, local elections in Donbass and constitutional reform in Ukraine.

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