LUGANSK, May 24 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Lugansk People’s Republic on Monday unilaterally handed over to Ukraine 60 inmates convicted before the beginning of the Donbass conflict in 2014, LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva said.
“Today, we implemented another transfer of 60 inmates, 57 men and three women, convicted before 2014, as an act of goodwill. Those people wished to serve their sentences in Ukraine,” Kobtseva said.
The handover took place near the bridge on the contact line in the vicinity of Schastye. LPR representatives at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination handled the procedure as OSCE Special Monitoring Mission personnel were watching from a distance. Ukrainian Ombudswoman Lyudmila Denisova was present at the site.
LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik said earlier that the Republic was ready to hand over about 400 inmates on the condition that Ukraine was willing to continue the procedure.
On March 20 and February 7, the LPR passed 60 and 33 inmates to Ukraine, respectively. On April 22, LPR transferred 60 more people.
The agreement on passing inmates to Ukraine was reached at the Contact Group meeting in Minsk on 4 December 2018.
Kobtseva repeatedly said that Kiev had been blocking the transfer of pre-conflict inmates. It is a humanitarian issue requiring a solution, she said.
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 — 24 May — Lugansk