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10 April 2019, 12:32

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Kiev prevents OSCE's Frisch from visiting detainees in Ukraine - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, April 10 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Kiev has not allowed the Coordinator of the Humanitarian working group Ambassador Toni Frisch to meet detainees kept in Ukraine, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"Ukraine has not let Frisch visit people detained in connection with the conflict in Donbass, whom LPR wants back."

"From our side, we provided updated and objective lists, but Ukraine has not delivered on its obligations. The blackmailing coming from Irina Geraschenko representing Kiev in the humanitarian group on the eve of Frisch's visit to Donbass: that he first visits detainees in the LPR and afterwards Ukraine decides on his admittance to detainees in Ukraine. There is only one definition for this kind of attitude, that is an attempt to hamper the process of detainees liberation."

She added that Kiev insisted that a number of persons should be added to Ukraine-LPR exchange lists though those persons have never been detained in the LPR.

"Ukraine was discriminate towards Frisch's visit to our territory and completely impeded his visit to Ukraine and did not allow him to meet people we mentioned when talking to him," Kobtseva said.

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

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 10 April — Lugansk