The release of three DPR supporters by Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) on 18 December was not an act of goodwill, DPR Ombudsman Daria Morozova said at a news conference at Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.
“Last Friday, the SSU agents dumped (three prisoners) in the buffer zone without any explanation. By no means could it be Ukraine’s act of goodwill; the move is inexplicable; this rests a mystery,” Morozova said.
The DPR Ministry of State Security (MSS) spokeswoman Maria Petrova said that MGB did not rule out SBU plot to assassinate DPR supporters in the ‘grey zone.’
“We don’t rule out that the three persons left on the contact line were to be killed. They had dollars given to them by SSU agents. Apparently, the money was intended as payment to the ‘grey zone’ killer,” Petrova said.
On 21 December, at the meeting of the Contact Group, Ukrainian representatives were unable to explain the SSU move. “As I raised the issue at the Minsk meeting, SSU staffs were unable to answer saying they knew nothing about it,” the Ombudsman said.
One of the released detainees, LPR militiaman Vladislav Kondalov told that he had been kept in SSU prison from 21 August through 11 December 2016 and then taken into the ‘grey zone’ by SSU agents.
Earlier, Morozova’s office reported that Kiev forces had released three DPR supporters on 18 December. The men were lightly dressed and had no IDs. No other details emerged at the time.