Have the terrorists ever traded hostages for land?



On June 18, 2014, the "pro"-Russian terrorists in Ukraine have captured Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian pilot, and secretly transferred her across the state border to terrorist bases in Rostov, Russia and Voronezh, Russia.
Then subsequently they have transferred her to the main terrorist headquarters in Moscow, Russia.

Multiple attempts to free Savchenko, including statements at UNSC, gave no result.

Recently, the Security Bureau of Ukraine has released the following statement:

Yuriy Tandyt, an adviser to the chief of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, says that persons close to Russian President Vladimir Putin's circles proposed that captive Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko be exchanged for the so-called "Route from Rostov to Crimea".UNIAN, Ukraine

The same news appeared also in official Russian news. Dmitry Peskov, the press-secretary of the President of Russia, said he "is not aware" such negotiations were held, but found only one "reason" why such negotiation is impossible: because "Crimea is part of the Russian Federation." — TASS, Russia

Note that the alleged negotiations haven't been about accepting the "Russian" status of the occupied Crimea, but about the landline road from Rostov, Russia, to the occupied Crimea. In exchange for freeing Savchenko and/or other hostages captured in Ukraine and now deterred on the Russia.

Regardless whether the alleged negotiations have been held or not, I can't recall of similar events occurred in the past. Hence, the question:

Has it happened in the world's history when terrorists offered to exchange hostages for state's territory? Regardless whether such attempt was successful or not.


Posted 2015-08-05T17:36:18.060

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3I like the way you call the Russian's soldiers & politicians/KGB-agents terrorists ;) – Quandary – 2015-08-05T20:05:02.070

3@Quandary, Russian officials repeatedly declare that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine (only their bodies return back to the Russia, yeah). OTOH, these people commit terrorist acts in Ukraine. Hence the most formal term, terrorists. – bytebuster – 2015-08-05T20:14:49.573

in Germany they are called separatists. – Sir Sy – 2015-08-06T05:47:53.260

@bytebuster maybe I wrote it unclear, I meant that those people are called "seperatist" by the print media. Separatisten in der Ukraine, like in this article, but I did not interepret its correctness

– Sir Sy – 2015-08-06T13:27:35.843

@bytebuster separatist and terrorist are not mutually exclusive. One can be a separatist who engages in terrorism in an attempt to advance his separatist agenda. – lazarusL – 2015-08-06T15:30:02.763

3I think the highly debatable prelude steals the focus from a good question. – ugoren – 2017-10-01T18:17:41.357

I agree with @ugoren. The bulk of his post is not necessary to understand the question, and it almost looks like the question itself is just tacked on as an excuse to make this blog post. – Sam I am says Reinstate Monica – 2017-10-03T14:50:17.353

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