Frus­tra­tion ris­ing as world fails to toughen stance against Rus­sia

Kyiv Post - - Business Focus - Staff writer Al­li­son Quinn can be reached at [email protected]

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.

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