The security service of Ukraine is working on the preparation of the exchange of Ukrainians Gennadiy Afanasyev and Yury Soloshenko who were convicted in Russia, the defendants in the “case 2 may”. This was stated by the head of the SBU Basil Gritsak, reports UNN.
“I just want to confirm that we have carried out work on the preparation of this exchange, and we will do everything to bring back all citizens who are including on the territory of Russia, and nine citizens of Ukraine, in our country,” — he said, commenting on the information about the exchange Soloshenko and Afanasyeva.
He noted that he does not like to comment on the events associated with the exchange, and the service tries to work “quietly”. “As soon as our neighbor to the North realized this, and began to play this card, the exchange process has become extremely complex”, — said Hrytsak.
In turn, the Kremlin did not comment on information about a possible exchange. “I have nothing to say on this issue”, — said press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov (quoted by “Interfax”).
Afanasyev was sentenced in 2015 in the case of preparing terrorist attacks in Simferopol. Also in the case were sentenced film Director Oleg Sentsov and activist Alexander Kolchenko.
Soloshenko in Russia was found guilty of espionage in favor of Ukraine. According to the FSB, he was trying to buy parts for anti-aircraft missile complex s-300.
On may 29, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced the existence of a preliminary agreement on the results Afanasyev and Soloshenko. The day before, June 9, ider of the movement “Ukrainian choice” Viktor Medvedchuk said that Ukraine can make an exchange of two Russians associated with the events in Odessa, Afanasyev and Soloshenko.
According to the Ukrainian newspaper “Vesti”, we are talking about the citizens of Russia Evgeny and Maxim Nefedova Socowave who are now in the Odessa SIZO. They are accused of involvement in mass riots in Odessa on 2 may 2014.