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    Moscow does not confirm Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's claim about an agreement to repatriate Ukrainian nationals Gennady Afanasiev and Yuri Soloshenko convicted in Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Poroshenko said that some preliminary agreements for the return of Afanasiev and Soloshenko to Ukraine had been reached.

    "I simply cannot confirm it. I have no information, which would allow me to confirm it," Peskov told journalists.

    Afanasiev was detained by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) in Simferopol in May 2014 and sentenced to seven years in prison for plotting to carry out terrorist attacks in Crimea. Another person involved in this case, Oleg Sentsov was sentenced by a Russian military court to 20 years in jail on the same charges.

    Details of Soloshenko's case have not been revealed, but media reports suggest he was sentenced to six years in jail for attempting to transfer Russian weapons to Ukraine.

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