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Friday, September 22, 2017

Poroshenko: Afanasiev & Soloshenko already on Board Ukrainian plane

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in his Twitter has officially announced that Ukrainian citizens Yuri Soloshenko and Hennadiy Afanasyev are already on Board the plane departing from Moscow to Kiev.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

Petro Poroshenko

We will remind that today during the day, rumors circulated about a possible exchange Afanasyev and Soloshenko on some participants in the riots in Odessa on 2 may 2014, however, official confirmation until now was not.

Finally! Yuri Soloshenko and Gennady Afanasyev already on Board Ukrayinsky ltake I Vitaut s Moscow to Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/2KFRe0s4tH

Petro Poroshenko (@Poroshenko) on 14 June 2016

In particular, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov declared that while he could not comment on the possibility of exchange.

In the previous exchange, also held in secrecy, returned to Ukraine, the Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Hope Savchenko, and Russia flew two former voennosluzhaschih — Alexander Alexandrov and Evgeny Erofeev.

Gennady Afanasyev was condemned at the so-called “Sentsov in the Crimea, where he allegedly participated in the preparation of terrorist acts. Pensioner Yuri Soloshenko was convicted in Russia for espionage.

Experts have suggested that the choice of these two figures for the exchange associated with their severe condition and death in a Russian prison.

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