Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
12th June, 2016
Deputy of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Semen Semenchenko proposed to take citizens of Russia hostage, and then exchange them for detained Ukrainians.
“How to release them? It’s simple. The other side is taken prisoner, or rather as hostages, because Russian officers and mercenaries do not have the status of prisoners of war. I think governors know that we have an unofficial mass of groups in the border zone. These people are armed in the “Voentorg”, they do not have any relation to our side. And each of our hostages will be exchanged with them,” Semenchenko declared on the air of “Schuster Live“.
On May 19th, Vyshhorod district court in the Kiev region declared the provision of Semen Semenchenko as commander of a battalion of special purpose military units illegal, as he did not serve in the Armed forces and did not take the military oath.
Russian officials have repeatedly stated that Russia is not a party to the armed conflict in Donbass.