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11 April 2019, 20:02

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LPR demands that Kiev set free over 100 detainees - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, April 11 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic demands the release of more than 100 persons held by Ukraine, LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the Republic’s working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

 “There are 11 detainees in the Republic’s territory; as of today, Lugansk is interested in the release of more than 100 people held in Ukraine,” Kobtseva said. “We can compare the access (to prisoners) in our territory and complete denial of access in Ukrainian territory in percentage terms.”

“(OSCE coordinator of humanitarian subgroup) Mr Frisch was only given access to five of over 100 people on whose release we insist today,” she said.

Earlier, the LPR representative stated that Kiev had not allowed Toni Frisch to visit detainees held by Ukraine.

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 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 Resolution 2202 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 — 11 April — Lugansk