27 December 2017, 14:52



Largest prisoner swap in 14 months begins between Ukraine and Donbass

MAYORSK CHECKPOINT, December 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Donbass Republics and Ukraine have begun the prisoner exchange in the vicinity of the contact line in DPR area of responsibility.

"The bus convoy with detainees kept in LPR and DPR, and journalists has entered Kiev-controlled territory under safety guarantees provided by the ICRC and the OSCE," Lugansk Media Center correspondent reports.

In a telephone conversation with LPR and DPR leaders Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko on 15 November, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Ukrainian special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk’s initiative to carry out the '306 for 74' prisoner swap in the near future.

The exchange of captives between Donbass Republics and Ukraine is one of the key issues of Minsk Agreements.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 27 December — Lugansk