16 April 2020, 13:26



Detainees released by Kiev to go into two-week quarantine - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, April 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The persons released in the prisoner exchange with Ukraine will go into a two-week quarantine amid the novel coronavirus threat, Lugansk People’s Republic representative to the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva said.

“All the released persons will be quarantined at the Slavyanoserbsk hospital for 14 days,” Kobtseva said.

The LPR and Kiev have just launched the prisoner exchange agreed by the Contact Group. It is taking place on the contact line near the bridge in Schastye area.

The LPR and Kiev, at the video conference on April 8, agreed to carry out a prisoner exchange under the 11 for 8 formula by April 17. Later one, one person confirmed his refusal to participate in the exchange. Consequently, Kiev is expected to hand over seven people to the Republic on Thursday.

The previous prisoner exchange between the Donbass Republics and Ukraine, the largest in the past two years, took place on December 29, 2019 in the vicinity of the Gorlovka-Mayorskoye crossing point in the Donetsk People’s Republic responsibility zone. The LPR passed 25 detainees to Ukraine, and latter passed 63 people to the Republic.

On December 27, 2017, the LPR handed over 16 detainees to Ukraine, and Kiev passed 73 people to the LPR. Overall, more than 300 people were involved in the exchange.

Prisoner exchange is a key point of the Minsk Agreements.

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

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

The World Health Organisation called the COVID-19 coronavirus infection a pandemic. The first coronavirus infection cases were recorded in China in late 2019.  As of now, the number of coronavirus contacts across the world has exceeded 1.9 million; of those, over 123,000 died. Coronavirus cases were reported in Ukraine and Russia. As of 18:00 on April 15, the LPR had confirmed 17 COVID-19 cases.

Earlier, the Republic’s Emergency Sanitary and Anti-Epidemic Commission shut down public catering facilities, ordered education institutions to switch on online courses starting March 30, cancelled public transportation incentives and suspended trade in non-food products. To prevent the spreading of the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) and pursuant to the LPR Head’s decree on high alert and the degree on certain issues pertaining to the high alert mode, government bodies and officials suspended face to face meetings with residents or launched interaction using electronic queues. The LPR parliament toughened the penalty for violating sanitary and epidemiological norms. 


LuganskMediaCentre — 16 April — Lugansk