continues its activity of releasing hostages from the hands of terrorists – each
of our nationals who got in such trouble. It is one of the priority tasks. 2998
individuals have been released by now. 131 persons are still being kept by
force. Difficult negotiations about “all for all” exchange provided by the
Minsk agreements are lasting.
established the Joint Coordination Center for search and rescue of persons
unlawfully taken hostage and deprived of their human rights in the area of
We want to
double stress that only this Center on behalf of the Security service can
negotiate on release and make statements since any extra word or undue emotion
can cost human life.
We thank all
the volunteers and public activists who have been helping us rescue hostages
for a long time. We remain together with those who are really interested in
this matter and sincerely provide help for the hostages’ families.
carry on and believe that we will succeed and everyone without exception will
be released. The result is achieved when each step is well-thought-out and
people do not look for useless fame or benefit, when there is only one
motivation – generous aid.
At the same
time we call on those who unreasonably interfere with this delicate process
under the guise of SBU not to play with people’s fates!
A national V.Ruban has recently been disseminating statements in which
he claims that he is an SBU representative and had negotiated about the
possible release of Ukrainian nationals in Minsk. He also states that he had
discussed a possibility of their exchange for Russian soldiers there.
The Tripartite Liaison Group and four subgroups, where
Ukraine is represented by authorized officials are currently working in Minsk.
Of course, Mr. Ruban could
visit Minsk as a private individual, but he’s never participated in official
meetings or negotiations.
A problem of release of Ukrainian citizens, who became
political prisoners in the Russian Federation, including Nadiia
Savchenko, Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, is under personal control of the President, it’s
a matter of discussion at all international meetings.
Speculating at these issues, giving wrong and made-up
information, is a lie to all society and relatives of captives.
The Security Service of Ukraine is ready for cooperation
in search and release of citizens, who still remain on the occupied territories
of Ukraine or at the Russian Federation, in a form of work of volunteers with
the interagency center, but once again it is calling to refrain from
speculation and untruth statements.