He said this on Thursday, answering to the questions of journalists after observing the training of special purpose troopers of the National Guard, the NSDC press center informed.
“Our viewpoint – Russia has been delaying the return of our illegally seized military for too long, and we demand that without any bargains all captured Ukrainian servicemen were immediately returned to Ukraine”, – he said.
“There can be no merrymaking over this, because this is people’s lives”, – Turchynov added.
Oleksandr Turchynov emphasized that the idea concerning the exchange of prisoners in the “all in all” format is not an initiative of Putin.
This decision was spelled out in the Minsk agreements and, unfortunately, this very important segment of the Minsk agreements was consistently sabotaged exactly by the Russian party. We are ready to act within the framework of our agreements, and for us, certainly, the main task – to return all citizens of Ukraine back to their country. To return them alive as quickly as possible”, – said the NSDC Secretary adding that the government uses all its possipilities to do this.
It should be recalled that the UN called for the release of hostages in the Donbas by the “all in all” formula, as Minsk agreements required.