Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he had discussed the release of Ukrainian seamen and other Ukrainian citizens arrested in the Russian Federation with Viktor Medvedchuk, and this issue should be resolved taking into account the exchange of citizens of the Russian Federation imprisoned in Ukraine. He said this during the “broadcast live” with Russians.
Putin said that this issue has always been pivotal for the Kremlin.
“Issues of this kind should be solved in the complex. Before solving these issues, one has to think about how the issue of those people who we care about, including the Russians, who are in a similar situation in Ukraine, will be tackled” Putin said.
The last exchange of hostages took place on December 27, 2017. According to the SBU, 73 hostages returned to the controlled territory. Ukraine transferred 233 people to the occupied territory.