29 March 2017, 20:15



LPR rep: Alternative prisoners swap mechanism worked out by Contact Group

Members of the Contact Group have worked out an alternative mechanism of exchanging those prisoners who refuse to return to Ukraine or Donbass, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"We discussed the procedures concerning those detainees who refused to participate in the swap, with assistance of UN human rights committee representatives. An alternative mechanism of exchanging those prisoners has been worked out. We continue working on the lists", she said.

"We invited representatives of the ICRC for the next meeting to inform them on the situation with reconstruction of Stanitsa Luganskaya bridge and to discuss the issue of missing persons", Kobtseva added.

The exchange of captives between Donbass Republics and Ukraine is one of the key issues of 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 its 2202 Resolution 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 29 March — Lugansk