4 April 2018, 18:58



Kiev tries to change the subject of POW exchange talks

LUGANSK, April 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Kiev tries to change the subject of POW exchange talks at the meetings in Minsk, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"Kiev's representative at the talks Irina Geraschenko said Ukraine was ready to exchange some "Ukrainian prisoners of conscience held in Russia" for Russians held in Ukraine. Thus, they are cynically trying to substitute the subject of talks. The Minsk talks are to discuss the exchange between Kiev and Donbass Republics, Russia has nothing to do with this situation.

Kobtseva said the LPR and the DPR had not let Ukraine to change the subject of the discussion.

"Kiev also has no definite position concerning the Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge and the prospects of opening new crossing points. These issues remain blocked," she said.

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 their sentences in Ukrainian prisons, despite the offer by the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist them in the transfer.

LuganskMediaCentre — 04 April — Lugansk