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18 April 2018, 17:17

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Kiev tries to derail talks on POW swap - Kobtseva

LUGANSK, April 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Ukrainian side in the Contact Group's humanitarian working group are trying to derail the coordination of prisoner exchange by demanding Russia to join the talks on the issue, though it is not a side to the conflict, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"Once again, we were surprised by Kiev's representative Irina Geraschenko statements and accentuations, which were contradicting the Minsk agreements."

 "For example, her statement that "it is a matter of principle for Ukraine to liberate not only those who are held in the occupied territory, but also the Kremlin's captives" can only be referred to as sabotage and an attempt to disrupt the talks. Though Geraschenko must be aware that the matter of releasing Ukrainian nationals convicted in Russia lies outside of the Minsk Agreements operation."

"Kiev has showed once again its outstanding intractability," Kobtseva said.

In mid-March, Morozova said that the humanitarian group's work was almost blocked due to the absence of authorized and competent experts on the Ukrainian side. In late March she said that the DPR had received no new proposition on the prisoner exchange from Kiev.

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

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 April — Lugansk