11 December 2019, 13:04



LPR hopes to set POW exchange date at Contact Group meeting on Dec 18

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LUGANSK, December 11 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR hopes to reach an agreement on the prisoner exchange date at the next Contact Group meeting in Minsk scheduled for December 18, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"A meeting of the humanitarian subgroup is scheduled for December 18 and we hope that the date and lists shall be coordinated at the meeting," she said.

"It is too early to speak about the number of people to be handed over, as there are no final lists," Kobtseva said.

The Normandy Four leaders met on December 9 in Paris and agreed to facilitate the release and exchange of conflict-related detainees by year-end, based on the “all for all” principle.

The sides commit to a full and comprehensive implementation of the ceasefire, strengthened by the implementation of all necessary ceasefire support measures, before the end of the year 2019, the communique adopted following the summit reads.

"They will support an agreement within the trilateral Contact Group on three additional disengagement areas, with the aim of disengaging forces and equipment by the end of March 2020,” the document said.

The leaders agreed that the Steinmeier formula should be incorporated into the Ukrainian legal system, the document said. Normandy leaders are also interested in coordinating all aspects of Donbass’ special status.

LuganskMediaCentre — 11 December — Lugansk