5 July 2017, 17:27



LPR, DPR and Russia delegations left negotiations in Minsk over Kiev's stance on POW swap

LUGANSK, July 5 (Lugansk Media Center) – LPR, DPR and Russia delegations left the negotiation of the humanitarian subgroup today protesting against Kiev's position on the POW exchange, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"The representative of Kiev in the Contact Group Irina Geraschenko said that Kiev will negotiate the exchange only with the OSCE and 'occupant' Russia," said Kobtseva.

"In response, the Republics' and Russia representatives left the negotiations."

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 — 05 July — Lugansk