16 November 2017, 11:07



LPR awaits Kiev’s reply to prisoner exchange initiative - Plotnitskiy

LUGANSK, November 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic is ready to discuss prisoner exchange issues and is awaiting Kiev’s reply to these initiatives, LPR head Igor Plotnitskiy said in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on 15 November.

Putin supported Ukrainian special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk’s initiative to carry out the 306 for 74 prisoner swap in the near future.

“We’re ready to discuss it and coordinate the lists and the number of prisoners once again. The ball is in Ukraine’s court now,” the LPR head’s press service quoted him as saying during the telephone conversation with Putin.

The press service said “the Ukrainian side at the Minsk talks fully blocked the issue for a rather long period, though LPR representatives raised it all the time.”

Prisoner exchange is a key point of the 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 — 16 November — Lugansk