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Ukraine, separatists exchange detainees

Twenty rescued people will undergo mandatory observation.

Ukraine, separatists exchange detainees
Photo: The Ukrainian president's office

As part of an exchange of detainees, Ukraine has recovered 20 people who were held captive by pro-Russian militants in Donbas, the presidential office has reported.

The exchange took place at the Mayorsk checkpoint on the line of contact in Donetsk Region and on a bridge near Shchastya in Luhansk Region.

They will undergo mandatory observation.

Photo: Lyudmyla Denisova

Ombudsman Lyudmyla Denisova said that nine people were rescued from uncontrolled parts of Donetsk Region and others from Luhansk Region.

Out of 20 people, two are servicemen: Mykola Hrynenko and Viktor Shaydov, who were taken captive in January and May 2019 respectively.

Ukraine handed 14 citizens over to the militants, whose identities have not been disclosed.

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