21 December 2018, 19:25



LPR insists on "all for all" POW swap

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LUGANSK, December 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The LPR insists on the "all for all" POW exchange plan, said LPR representative in the Contact Group's humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

Today Ukraine's representative in the humanitarian subgroup Irina Geraschenko proposed a "72 for 19"exchange plan for the swap on January 5.

"Kiev tries to impose a "headcount" approach proposing either "72 for 19" or "66 for 19" formulas. Number really do not matter. We adhere to the Minsk Agreements and insist on the "all for all" basis. Confirmed data shows that there are about 200 our supporters held in the jails of Ukraine and we must extricate them.

"Ukraine has been deliberating for months, but now they suddenly remembered about people and want to use their destinies for election campaign. This is a very cynical approach."

"We are not taking part in Kiev's campaigns and we shall keep insisting on the "all for all" release."
Kobtseva reminded that the murdered Russian volunteer Valery Ivanov was excluded from exchange lists by Ukraine and now it is too late.

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 — 21 December — Lugansk