The Spokesperson of the Presidential Administration on issues in the conflict zone, Colonel Andriy Lysenko, stated at a daily briefing that a Ukrainian serviceman was taken prisoner by members of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic in Marinka.
“Yesterday, a group of Ukrainian servicemen went for a patrol at the request of local residents in order to detect explosive devices on the road that civilians would often use. Our group was ambushed during the patrol. As a result of these events, one serviceman was taken prisoner. The Ukrainian authorities and Military Command will make efforts to get him released,” Lysenko said.
On the 5th of July, a Colonel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ivan Bezyazykov, was released from captivity by separatists. The Representative of Ukraine in the working subgroup on humanitarian issues of the Trilateral Contact Group, Iryna Herashchenko, reported that 111 people are still being held captive in the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.