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Ukraine frees two prisoners — DPR ombudsman

August 12, 19:31 UTC+3 DONETSK
According to the ombudsman’s press service, the Ukrainian side is keeping about 962 people, including 316 servicemen; 456 political prisoners and more than 150 civilians
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DONETSK, August 12 /TASS/. The Kiev government has released two men arrested in connection with the military operation in Donbass from custody, the press service of the DPR’s ombudsman for human rights Darya Morozova said on Friday.

"We have received information that one political prisoner and one former DPR serviceman have been freed. The former prisoners are already free," the Donetsk News Agency quoted the ombudsman’s office representative as saying.

According to the ombudsman’s press service, the Ukrainian side is keeping about 962 people, including 316 servicemen; 456 political prisoners and more than 150 civilians who are not involved in the Donbass conflict, in prison. Another 498 people are missing. Some of them can also be in captivity.

Nine people have been killed and 18 have been wounded in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) over the past week as the Ukrainian army continued shelling its territory, the press service source went on to say.

"Eighteen people fell victim to an armed aggression launched by the Ukrainian militaries in a period from August 5 to 11. Nine people in the DPR were killed by Ukrainian shells in a period from August 6 to 12," the Donetsk News Agency quoted the DPR ombudsman’s representative as saying.

The press service clarified that the victims included three civilians and six DPR militias. Nine militias and nine civilians, including a child, were wounded.

According to the ombudsman’s latest reports, 230 people, including 86 militias and 144 civilians, 15 of whom are children, have received injuries of various degree of gravity since the start of 2016 due to Ukraine’s army ongoing shelling of the DPR’s territory. A total of 4,162 people, including 586 women and 3,576 men, have been killed in the DPR since the Kiev government launched a security operation in Donbass in the spring of 2014.

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