Russians detained in Ukraine ask Putin to exchange them for Ukrainians imprisoned in Russia

Alexander Sattarov and Farukh Kamalov, who were arrested in Ukraine, appealed to the Russian President Vladimir Putin with the request to exchange them for the Ukrainians detained in Russia, reported the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for Human Rights, Lyudmyla Denisova.

"I’ve met with Alexander Sattarov and Farukh Kamalov during today's monitoring visit to Lukyanivska Prison. They wrote an application addressed to the President of the Russian Federation with a request to return them to Russia by exchanging them for one of the Ukrainian political prisoners," she wrote on Facebook.

Denisova reiterated that earlier, the same application was sent by Russian citizen Alexei Sedikov, who is serving sentence in Bucha penal colony for terrorism charges. The Human Rights Commissioner emphasized that these letters will also be sent to the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry so that they will be delivered by diplomatic mail to the Russian Presidential Administration.

Earlier, Ukraine offered to conduct negotiations in Minsk on August 21 to 22 between the authorized Commissioner for Human Rights in Ukraine Lyudmyla Denisova and Russian ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova.

Ukraine expects that release Oleh Sentsov, Roman Sushchenko, Mukola Karpuk, Stanislav Klykh, Olexander Kolchenko, Pavlo Hryb, Yevgeny Panov, Valentyn Vyhovsky, Volodymyr Balukh, Oleksiy Syzonovych, Oleksiy Bessarabov, Dmitry Shtyblikov, Volodymyr Dudko, Oleksander Shumkov, Mykola Semena and other political prisoners will be released.

On August 21 to 22, two days of negotiations will be held in Minsk between Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE to resolve the situation in the Donbas (Ukraine, OSCE and Russia).

  Ukraine, Russia, Vladimir Putin, Oleh Sentsov