30 March 2021, 15:34



Kiev promises to send list of people searched for in LPR - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, March 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev representatives at the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup video conference on Tuesday promised to send the Lugansk People’s Republic the list of people Ukraine is looking for in the Republic’s territory, an LPR representative said.

“When asked who Ukraine is looking for in the LPR territory, we finally heard from an argumentative Ukraine that it would send a list of those who were being searched for,” LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva said.

She reminded that Kiev, since January 2020, has provided no information on persons held in Ukraine.

“We brought forward our demand: you either write that you’re not looking for anyone in the LPR or provide the list so that we can have a productive dialogue,” said head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange.

She said that Ukraine still blocks the prisoner release issue sabotaging the dropping of criminal prosecution against them, nor has it dropped the charges against the persons handed over to the Donbass Republics during earlier prisoner swaps.

“At the previous video conference, the LPR forwarded to Ukraine  a list of persons released in December 2019 and April 2020 who are still filed as wanted on the official website of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. Regrettably, Ukraine refuses to drop charges accusing the Republic’s representatives and the humanitarian subgroup coordinator of lobbying.

In the course of the previous humanitarian subgroup video conference, acting chairman of the Anti-terrorist Centre under the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Yury Malashko called this situation a “technical error.”

However, until today, if we follow his rhetoric, this technical error has not been corrected, and Ukraine has not yet answered the LPR’s letter,” Kobtseva said.

Prisoner exchange is a key point of the Minsk Agreements which envision the use of the all-for-all principle. The commitment to the principle was confirmed at the Normandy Four summit (France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine) in Paris in early December 2019. It was followed by a large prisoner exchange between Donbass and Ukraine on December 29, the first in two years. The People’s Republics handed over 76 people to Kiev and the latter handed over 124. During the prisoner exchange on April 16, 2020, Kiev passed 14 people to the LPR and the DPR and got 20.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 30 March — Lugansk