23 December 2016, 20:59



Kiev promises to liberate 15 detainees on Monday or Tuesday

The Ukrainian side promised to liberate 15 detainees on Monday or Tuesday (December 26, 27), said said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"Kiev claimed it is ready to liberate unilaterally 15 people in the near future. And Ms. Geraschenko (Ukraine's representative in humanitarian subgroup) emphasized it will happen on Monday or Tuesday," Kobtseva said commenting the results of today's videoconference between the members of the subgroup.

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

The living conditions in LPR penitentiaries and remand prisons where Ukrainian captives are held along with other inmates, are "absolutely adequate", said coordinator of the working group on Humanitarian Issues Ambassador Toni Frisch who visited Lugansk on October, 27th.

Earlier, Colonel of Internal Service Andrei Sokolskiy who heads the Lugansk Enforcement Department said the conditions at the Lugansk prison, previously known as Pre-Trial Detention Center No. 17, had markedly improved compared with the time when the facility was run by Ukrainian authorities.

LPR children’s ombudswoman Yulia Nazarenko said that the Lugansk prison conditions for underage inmates complied with international norms. In mid-September, five inmates declined to serve out their sentences in Ukrainian prisons, despite the offer by the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist them in the transfer.

In October British reporter Graham Phillips visited the Krasniy Luch penitentiary in the Lugansk People’s Republic as part of an independent journalistic investigation into the conditions in which the inmates are kept. The visit followed the report by BBC journalist Patrick Evans who accused local police of brutal and inhuman treatment of inmates.

LuganskMediaCentre — 23 December — Lugansk