17 July 2019, 20:30



LPR ready for “19 for 107” prisoner exchange

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LUGANSK, July 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR is ready to carry out a “19 for 107” prisoner exchange with Kiev, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

“We have confirmed our willingness to carry out the exchange of POWs on the basis of “all confirmed for all confirmed”. As of today, 107 people are confirmed to be held in Ukraine, 19 are confirmed to be held in the LPR.”

The exchange of captives between Donbass Republics and Ukraine is one of the key issues of Minsk Agreements.

The LPR and DPR unilaterally released to Ukraine four POWs on June 28.

Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk said that he incumbent Ukrainian authorities would continue criminal prosecution against him for his accords with Donbass. Nevertheless he promised that the process of exchange won't stop.

The LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of the Republic’s working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva said that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky had a selective approach to prisoner exchange.

Kobtseva also said that the Contact Group humanitarian group members at the meeting in Minsk on June 5, 2019, agreed to present updated lists of the detainees held by the parties to the Donbass conflict. On June 19, she said that the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup meeting had been rather productive as the parties articulated their positions which was essential for a headway in prisoner exchange.

The Republic’s representative repeatedly stated that the LPR was ready for the “all verified for all verified” exchange while demanding the release of more than 100 persons held by Ukraine.

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 — 17 July — Lugansk