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Ukrainian army colonel released from separatist captivity

He was taken captive in August 2014.

Ukrainian army colonel released from separatist captivity
Photo: www.facebook.com/iryna.gerashchenko

Ukrainian Armed Forces Col Ivan Bezyazykov was released from pro-Russian militants' captivity late on Tuesday, 5 July, Ukraine's envoy in the humanitarian subgroup of the trilateral contact group on a Donbas settlement, Iryna Herashchenko, has said on Facebook.

"He has been in the militants' captivity since August 2014. He is finally free as a result of intricate operative work and efforts. The president was the first to learn about the successful completion of the mission, which he sanctioned several days ago, from Security Service of Ukraine chief Vasyl Hrytsak," she said.

According to Herashchenko, 113 Ukrainians are still held in separatist-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and in Russia, some of them for two years.