The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry expects by the end of the year to release the Ukrainians held in Libya, Oleh Voloshyn, Director of Information Policy Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, said at end-of-year news conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.

"We hoped that by the end of the year they will be released. This process is not moving, unfortunately, as we wanted," he said, UKRINFORM reported.

According to Voloshyn, the problem with the release is also due to the absence of effective authority in Libya.

As reported, in early September more than 20 citizens of Ukraine were detained in Libya. They are suspected of being involved in the fighting in Libya on the side of the troops of the former Jamahiriya leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The Ukrainian side has denied the accusations, claiming that all those citizens worked as cooks and oil engineers.

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