29 November 2017, 15:56



Kiev requests additional time for detainees 'legal clearance' - Kobtseva

MINSK, November 29 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Representatives of Ukraine at the Minsk talks have requested time for a 'legal clearance' of detainees who are to be exchanged with the LPR, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"LPR has once again confirmed its willingness to exchange POWs, thought Ukraine has requested time for a 'legal clearance' of these people," she said.

"The date will be additionally coordinated," Kobtseva added.

"Our demand is that the exchange of all detainees is carried out at once, without dividing the process into stages."

In a telephone conversation with LPR and DPR leaders Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko on 15 November, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Ukrainian special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk’s initiative to carry out the '306 for 74' prisoner swap in the near future. The LPR head told the Russian president that the Lugansk People’s Republic was ready to discuss prisoner exchange issues and that it was awaiting Kiev’s reply to these initiatives.

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

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 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 — 29 November — Lugansk