12 April 2017, 18:44



Kobtseva: Mothers' Committees to assist in identification of POWs held in Donbass

Kiev agreed to LPR and DPR proposal to verify identities of POWs with participation of Mothers' Committees, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"The issue of detainees' personalities identification was discussed. The joint approach has been worked out by the Republics: to hold verification via representatives of mothers' committees on the Republics' side. Ukraine obliges to fulfil safety guarantees."

"Ecological issues were discussed. LPR initiated an inspection to oil refinery Zarya, Severodonetsk Azot Association, Lisichansk oil refinery to assess safety situation."

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 — 12 April — Lugansk