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15 March 2017, 17:18

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Humanitarian subgroup works out principles for updating POW lists

The members the working group on humanitarian issues of the Contact Group have worked out the mechanism for updating POW exchange lists to swap the detainees on the "all for all" basis, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"At today's meeting of the working group on humanitarian issues we managed to discuss two issues on the agenda. During the discussion of the POW exchange we worked out the mechanism for updating POW exchange lists to swap the detainees on the "all for all" basis," Kobtseva said.

"As for the second issue concerning ecology, (we) voiced a suggestion to establish a committee including the Emergency Ministry experts, international and social organizations tasked with assessing risk factors of strategic enterprises located in Kiev-controlled territories."

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

The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26th agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce, though LPR People's Militia records violations by Kiev forces almost daily.

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 — 15 March — Lugansk