22 April 2019, 14:57


LPR ready to pass new group of inmates to Kiev in May - Kobtseva

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LUGANSK, April 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic is ready to continue to hand over inmates, convicted before 2014, to Ukraine, LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva said.

Earlier on Monday, the Republic unilaterally passed 60 pre-2014 convicts to Ukraine on the bridge in the Schastye settlement area.

 “We’ve handed over another group numbering 60 people convicted before the conflict,” Kobtseva said. “If Ukraine wants to continue, we’re ready to transfer the next group in a month.”

LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik said that the Republic was ready to hand over more inmates on the condition that Ukraine was willing to continue the process. “The Republic has passed 138 inmates to Ukraine since December 2018, and some 400 are waiting for their turn,” Pasechnik said.

On March 20 and February 7, the LPR passed 60 and 33 inmates to Ukraine, respectively. In December 2018, it passed 42 inmates.

The handover of LPR inmates to Ukraine is an act of goodwill, Kobtseva said.

The accord on transferring to Ukraine pre-2014 convicts serving their sentences in the Donbass Republics was reached at the Contact Group meeting in Minsk on 4 December 2018.

Kobtseva repeatedly said that Kiev had been blocking the transfer of inmates wishing to serve their sentences in Ukraine. The Minsk Agreements do not address pre-conflict inmates prison transfer, but 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 — 22 April — Lugansk