10 August 2018, 18:05



Kiev taking no measures towards LPR inmates transfer to Ukraine - Kobtseva

LUGANSK, August 10 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev is not taking any measures to have Lugansk People’s Republic inmates transferred to Ukrainian prisons despite numerous appeals of their relatives living in Ukraine, LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva told the Lugansk Media Centre.

“We are ready to discuss the issue which has nothing to do with the Minsk talks, yet, given the wartime circumstances is urgent, namely the transfer of prisoners to Ukraine, so that they serve out their sentences in Ukrainian territory,” Kobtseva said. “However, Ukraine has not been making any efforts towards resolving this issue either.”

“I repeat, the issue has nothing to do with the Minsk talks, but due to numerous appeals of the inmates’ relatives we’re ready to consider it. Regrettably, Ukraine is doing nothing on this track,” Kobtseva said.

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.

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 — 10 August — Lugansk