Maryana Betsa, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, has announced the number of Ukrainian nationals illegally held in Russia-annexed Crimea.
"The number of Ukrainian citizens detained by illegitimate Russian institutions on the territory of the occupied peninsula on charges of terrorism, extremism and sabotage is constantly growing," she said at a briefing.
According to Ukrainian rights activists, at least 27 Ukrainian nationals are held in Crimea: Rustem Abiltarov, Remzi Memetov, Refat Alimov, Enver Bekirov, Muslim Aliyev, Emir-Usein Kuku, Vadym Siruk, Zevri Abseitov, Enver Mamutov, Arsen Dzhepparov, Akhtem Chyyhoz, Ali Asanov, Mustafa Dehermendzhy, Volodymyr Balukh, Volodymyr Prisych, Redvan Suleymanov, Teymur Abdullayev, Uzair Abdullayev, Ayder Saledinov, Emil Dzhemadenov, Rustem Ismailov, Dmytro Shtyblikov, Oleksiy Besarabov, Volodymyr Dudka, Oleksiy Stohniy, Hlib Shabliy and Mykola Shyptur.
According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, 17 Ukrainian nationals are illegally held in Russia.
"For today, 17 Ukrainian nationals are illegally held on the Russian territory: Roman Sushchenko, Yevhen Panov, Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko, Oleksiy Chirniy, Mykola Karpyuk, Stanislav Klykh, Valentyn Vyhovskyy, Oleksandr Kostenko, Serhiy Lytvynov, Ruslan Zeytullayev, Nuri Primov, Rustem Vaitov, Ferat Sayfullayev, Viktor Shur, Andriy Kolomiyets and Andriy Zakhtey," she said.
A day earlier, a court on Russia extended the arrest of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko until 30 April.
On 24 January, the PACE issued a resolution calling on Russia to release Ukrainian prisoners Sentsov, Sushchenko and Mykola Semena.