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Ukraine: Poroshenko meets freed Ukrainians following prisoner swap 00:44

Ukraine: Poroshenko meets freed Ukrainians following prisoner swap

Ukraine, Kiev
June 14, 2016 at 16:04 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with two freed Ukrainians at a hospital in Kiev, Tuesday, following a prisoner swap which was brokered by the Russian government earlier in the day.

Yuri Soloshenko and Gennadi Afanasiev arrived at the Boryspil International Airport after flying in from Moscow earlier in the day. They were then taken to the State Scientific Institution to receive an examination.

A convicted spy Yuri Soloshenko and a member of the Ukrainian radical Right Sector Gennadi Afanasiev were exchanged with Ukrainians - Elena Glishchinskaya (and her child who she gave birth to while in custody) and Vitali Didenko - who were journalists before being detained by security forces and charged with 'separatism and treason.'

Glishchinskaya headed-up the Novaya Volna (New Wave) broadcast service before she was put into custody on April, 2015. Vitali Didenko was sentenced to three years in prison for encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and was pardoned ahead of his release.

As for Soloshenko and Afanasiev, earlier in the day Russian President Vladimir Putin issued pardons to both of them. According to Russia's Federal Security Service, Soloshenko tried to illegally purchase components for the S-300 anti-aircraft complex. Afanasiev was sentenced to seven years in jail after being found guilty on trying to commit acts of terrorism in Crimea.

Ukraine: Poroshenko meets freed Ukrainians following prisoner swap 00:44
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met with two freed Ukrainians at a hospital in Kiev, Tuesday, following a prisoner swap which was brokered by the Russian government earlier in the day.

Yuri Soloshenko and Gennadi Afanasiev arrived at the Boryspil International Airport after flying in from Moscow earlier in the day. They were then taken to the State Scientific Institution to receive an examination.

A convicted spy Yuri Soloshenko and a member of the Ukrainian radical Right Sector Gennadi Afanasiev were exchanged with Ukrainians - Elena Glishchinskaya (and her child who she gave birth to while in custody) and Vitali Didenko - who were journalists before being detained by security forces and charged with 'separatism and treason.'

Glishchinskaya headed-up the Novaya Volna (New Wave) broadcast service before she was put into custody on April, 2015. Vitali Didenko was sentenced to three years in prison for encroachment on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and was pardoned ahead of his release.

As for Soloshenko and Afanasiev, earlier in the day Russian President Vladimir Putin issued pardons to both of them. According to Russia's Federal Security Service, Soloshenko tried to illegally purchase components for the S-300 anti-aircraft complex. Afanasiev was sentenced to seven years in jail after being found guilty on trying to commit acts of terrorism in Crimea.

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