LPR, DPR ready for POW swap, but Kiev sends no one to Minsk to discuss it
LUGANSK, June 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The LPR and the DPR are ready to exchange detainees, though there was no one to discuss the issue with at the today's meeting of the humanitarian working group in Minsk, said LPR's negotiator at the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.
"Ukraine has again sent only experts. The Republics have again confirmed they are willing to carry out prisoners swap but there was no one to discuss it with," she said.
After the previous meeting Kobtseva said that the talks were largely ineffective in the absence of Kiev authorized representative Viktor Medvedchuk.
The exchange of captives between Donbass Republics and Ukraine is one of the key issues of 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 — 27 June — Lugansk