About the joint plans of Russia and Ukraine announced the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation in response to the request TASS. "Currently the Ministry of justice and the Ministry of justice of Ukraine considers the reference of the 13 Russian citizens convicted by the courts of Ukraine, their transfer to Russia for further punishment in form of imprisonment", — explained in the press service of the Ministry.
In addition, currently the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation also focuses on the treatment of the Ministry of justice of Ukraine on the transfer of four persons convicted in the Russian Federation to deprivation of freedom for grave crimes, including film Director Oleg Sentsov.
"Treatment of the Ministry of justice of Ukraine in respect of the said persons entered the Ministry of justice of Russia on March 10 by Fax. The term of consideration of documents is 30 days", — quotes RIA "Novosti" the statement of the press service of the Ministry.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that he had instructed the justice Minister to meet with the families of Oleg Sentsov, Yuri Soloshenko, Alexander Kolchenko, and Gennady Afanasiev and to determine the actions of the Ukrainian state on their transfer for serving of punishment in the homeland, reminds Agency.
In October 2015 the Moscow city court sentenced the former Director of the Ukrainian factory "the Banner" — 73-year-old Yuri Soloshenko to six years in a penal colony for espionage in favour of Ukraine. It's not advertised, because it has a security classification.
Afanasyev was sentenced in the case of "Crimean terrorists" to seven years of imprisonment in a strict regime colony. Sentsov received 20 years in prison in the same case. The same sentence to 10 years in prison was sentenced his colleague Kolchenko. Human rights activists have recognized Sentsov and Kolchenko political prisoners and demanded "the immediate and unconditional release" of the Director and his "rehabilitation".
9 March, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said about the readiness to exchange Ukrainian army Hope Savchenko, who is in Russia waiting for the verdict, if Russia received a proposal.
The media has repeatedly raised the issue of the exchange of pilots and directed to detained in the Donbas Russians Alexander Alexander and Evgeny Erofeev, which Ukraine calls the "soldiers of the GRU". Kiev against them filed a case of terrorism for cooperating with DPR and the LPR and the outbreak of armed conflict in the country. They face life imprisonment. Alexandrov and Erofeev after the arrest claimed that are current Russian servicemen, but the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation these statements refuted.
In January 2016 is a possible release of convicts and under trial in Russia, Ukrainians were discussed during negotiations Poroshenko with Russian representative in the tripartite contact group to resolve the situation Boris Gryzlov. During the meeting the head of Ukraine raised the question about the liberation of the Ukrainian pilots Hope Savchenko and Director Oleg Sentsov, who was convicted in Russia for terrorism.