22 September 2016, 16:54


Donbass and Ukraine agree on "618 for 47" prisoner exchange - LPR representative

The prisoner swap "618 for 47" is agreed by representatives of Donbass Republics and Ukraint, an LPR official told Lugansk Media Centre.

LPR representative to the Contact Group working group on humanitarian issues, head of Republican working group on detainee exchange Olga Kobtseva informed that the negotiators reached the agreement during the subgroup meeting in Minsk on 21 September.

"Within the framework of Points 5 and 6 of the Package of Measures we agreed on exchange between LPR, DPR and Ukraine. We hand 47 people to Ukraine and receive 618. This agreement was secured at the Contact Group meeting in Minsk on September, 21st," she emphasized.

Kobtseva added that of 47 people sought by Ukraine 42 are in DPR and 5 in LPR.

She said that "since the Package of measures was signed on 12 February 2015 by Donbass Republics and Ukraine there have already been 15 prisoner swaps and as a result DPR and LPR freed 207 persons and Ukraine freed 121 person."

"These exchanges were of private nature and did not fully correspond to Points 5 and 6, that provide for pardon and amnesty by enacting the law prohibiting the prosecution and punishment of these people, and also releasing and exchanging all hostages and unlawfully detained persons based on the principle 'all for all," LPR representative underlined.

Prisoner exchange is one of the key points of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements. The document clearly stipulates "all for all" principle in relation to this matter.

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 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 — 22 September — Lugansk