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Putin refused to release Ukrainian hostages in Russia

Poroshenko failed to secure the release of Sentsov, Kolchenko and others

Putin refused to release Ukrainian hostages in Russia
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Russian President Vladimir Putin at the meeting of Normandy Four leaders in Berlin rejected a proposal to release Ukrainians jailed in Russia.

"The Minsk agreements envisage the release of detained persons stating that at a certain stage. In this context, the president of Ukraine said that there are persons that are detained by the Russian side, on the territory of Russia, but his words were met with complete disagreement on the part of President Putin," Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday, 20 October as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine.

"Such an approach is not acceptable, it is inappropriate, of course. [The Agreements] refer only to persons who are held in the territory of Ukraine, in the territory of Donbass." Peskov said.