Frustration rising as world fails to toughen stance against Russia
the prisoner exchange, negotiators for the Ukrainian Defense Minister came under heavy fire while trying to hand over the prisoners promised to the separatist side.
“At the checkpoint in Kurakhovo they’re still shooting at each other. (Defense Ministry negotiator Vasily) Budik calls the other side, asks for them to secure safe passage. During the prisoner exchange at the other checkpoint, the shelling will not stop: artillery fire from Donetsk separatists, and the Ukrainian side returning fire,” Olevskiy wrote in a liveblog documenting the exchange.
Ukraine kept its word in the exchange and handed over 12 prisoners, Olevskiy said, but the separatists sent only 11 Ukrainians to Kyiv.
Budik could not immediately be reached for comment on the matter.
Earlier in August, the Security Service of Ukraine said 177 Ukrainians remained in captivity in occupied territories – 60 of them civilians. Another 30 are believed to be in custody on Russian territory.
Bala expressed frustration that world leaders seemed so blind to the obvious.
“This is just getting ridiculous. Russian aggression is a threat to the entire world right now, not just Ukraine. So Ukraine shouldn’t have to stand alone in confronting it,” he said.