6 July 2017, 17:00



LPR, DPR, Ukraine sum up prisoners verification results - envoy

LUGANSK, July 6 (Lugansk Media Center) – LPR, DPR and Ukrainian representatives summed up the POWs verification results at the recent meeting in Minsk, LPR envoy to Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Thursday.

“The working group on humanitarian issues summed up certain results of the verification completed some two weeks ago,” Deinego said.

“These documents have been analyzed. The final point was made at the (Contact Group) humanitarian subgroup session yesterday,” he said.

The envoy reminded that two weeks ago, the Republics “received documents confirming that a number of persons had been acquitted from responsibility in the territory of Ukraine or in connection with the expiration of their terms of punishment.”

“We have completed the verification of persons who refuse to return to the Republics, and begun to work on the next stage, i.e. drawing lists for “all-for-all” prisoner exchange,” he said.

Deinego earlier announced that the Republics’ representatives and Kiev had completed prisoner verification.

LPR and DPR representatives at the 7 June talks in Minsk secured a follow-up of the verification procedure which the sides decided to hold via video-link on 15-16 June.

The all-for-all prisoner exchange is a key point of the Package of Measures.

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.

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 — 06 July — Lugansk