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7 Hostages released, one seriously wounded

20.03.14

Following negotiations last night, Navy Commander Serhiy Haiduk, Andriy Shchekun, Anatoly Kovalsky and several other people abducted in the Crimea have been released.  According to Serhiy Kovalsky, his father and the others are understood to have been exchanged but he did not specify for whom.  According to first reports, one hostage - Yury Shevchenko is seriously injured, two others have shock pistol wounds.  

The other men released are apparently: Mykhailo Davydenko, Maxim Tryvidenko; Serhiy Suprun; Yury Shevchenko and Oleksy Grytsenko.

The whereabouts of at least two others: Yury Gruzynov and Yaroslav Pylunsky are unknown.

In the case of one of the Ukrainian activists Andriy Shchekun, the head of the self-proclaimed government in the Crimea Sergei Aksenov publicly stated that he had been detained "for subversive activities".   Serhiy Haiduk, head of the Ukrainian Navy was abducted on March 20 after Russian and / or pro-Russian forces stormed two Ukrainian navy bases in the Crimea. 

Photo: Maryna Gonoshilina

see also:
Two more hostages released in Crimea
Crimean hostages put in an electric chair, beaten, shot at
Release promised of activists taken hostage in the Crimea
Murder and abductions in the Crimea
Ukrainian Greek-Catholic priest in Sevastopol abducted .. by police (update)
Another activist disappears in Crimea
Abducted activist Andriy Shchekun removed for “subversive activities”
More abductions in the Crimea (updated)
Urgent Appeal from residents of the Crimea
Russian troops already deployed in mainland Ukraine
The Crimea is our Home: Get your troops out!
Crimean "referendum" a grotesque farce