President Petro Poroshenko said this during a press conference at the Mystetskyi Arsenal, answering a question of Ukrinform’s correspondent.
"I think that the whole world now sees that the responsibility lies with Russia and the Russian president. He illegally holds political prisoners in the Russian Federation and hostages in the occupied Donbas and the occupied Crimea," Poroshenko said.
According to the president, when he was able to communicate with Putin, Ukraine received a signal that after the trial of Oleg Sentsov and Roman Sushchenko in the near future an exchange might have been held. Even the names of those who Russia was ready to exchange for Sentsov and Sushchenko were called.
At the same time, the head of state stressed that the Russian side had shown its unwillingness to negotiate on the release of Ukrainian political prisoners and hostages.
Currently, about 70 Ukrainian political prisoners are held in Russia and the occupied Crimea, including Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko, who was sentenced to 12 years in a strict regime penal colony in Russia for alleged espionage.
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