KYIV (QHA) -

Ukraine expects from Russia a specific response to the proposal to transfer 23 Russians convicted of crimes against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine to the Russian Federation in exchange for the liberation of Ukrainians in Russian prisons, the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Irina Gerashchenko informed on her Facebook page.

"We are not waiting for any statements from the Russian Federation and its representatives, but  we are expecting a specific answer on our proposal to exchange 23 Russians who were convicted of crimes against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine for the liberation of Ukrainians from Russian prisons. Still another important issue for us is the immediate release of our military and journalist Aseyev, as well as other hostages who have been held for several years in the occupied Donbas," the politician wrote.

She also noted that Kyiv is ready to pardon those Ukrainian citizens who committed "crimes related to the war (except for murders)."
 
Gerashchenko regards including Berkut offers in the list as an artificial delay in the next process of releasing hostages, and appealed to the Russian Federation with a proposal to take an appropriate decision.

"There is also no other explanation than the intention to deepen the humanitarian crisis in the Donbas, to blocking of the opening of an entrance-exit checkpoint in Zolote by the Russian-controlled ORLDO," she wrote.

Earlier, Irina Gerashchenko, together with Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova, held a meeting with the families of political prisoners of the Kremlin, hostages in the occupied territories in the ORDLO and the missing people

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