Media reported about the beginning of procedures for the exchange of Ukrainians Soloshenko and Afanasyev


On Tuesday, June 14, convicted in Russia of Ukrainians Gennadiy Afanasyev and Yuri Soloshenko will exchange on the defendants in the case about the events on may 2, 2014 in Odessa, reports Zn.ua citing a source in the presidential administration of Ukraine. As the newspaper notes, one of the defendants in exchange is “a certain inhabitant of Odessa”.

According to unnamed sources UNN, two civilian aircraft, which have to deliver Afanasyev and Soloshenko, has already departed in the direction of Moscow from the airport “Borispol”. Planes need to land in Vnukovo airport, where the Ukrainians will climb aboard the plane and return to Kiev, the Agency said.

“While there is no information,” — said the lawyer Gennady Afanasyev Alexander Popkov. According to him, from the beginning of may, when Afanasiev was transferred to Lefortovo, the negotiations for his transfer intensified.

Preliminary agreement about the exchange of Ukrainians on may 29, said the President Petro Poroshenko. 10 Jun, head of the security Service of Ukraine Vasily Gritsak has informed that the SBU is working on the preparation of the exchange Afanasyev and Soloshenko defendants in the case may 2.

Official confirmation of this information.

Gennady Afanasyev was sentenced together with Director Oleg Sentsov and civic activist Oleksandr Kolchenko in 2015 in the case of preparing terrorist attacks in Simferopol. Yuri Soloshenko in Russia was convicted of espionage in favor of Ukraine. According to the FSB, he was trying to buy parts for anti-aircraft missile complex s-300.