Pro-Russian separatists in the Donbas region transferred the Ukrainian hostages to jail and threatened them with up to 30 years of imprisonment, as written on Facebook by the President's Humanitarian Envoy at the Minsk peace talks regarding the War in Donbas, Iryna Herashchenko.
"The prisoners are still in jail, even in the worst conditions, because they were transferred to a pre-trial detention center and threatened with up to a 30-year imprisonment," Herashchenko said.
"In April, when the representatives of separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions deceived the whole world and refused to comply with their own promise to release the hostages before Easter. Poor mothers and wives of prisoners sent a letter to Patriarch Kirill with a request to assist in the liberation of their loved ones, with a plea and a cry of despair to influence the separatist leaders to show Christian compassion and release the prisoners.... Prisoners are still in prison, even in the worst conditions, because they were transferred to a pre-trial detention center and threatened with up to a 30-year sentence. At this time a procession for peace under the auspices of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow for some reason will go to Kiev instead of Moscow where Kirill (Patriarch Kirill of Moscow) resides. We should pray for peace and the liberation of the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian land," Hereashchenko wrote on Facebook.