18 January 2017, 14:28



LPR rep in humanitarian subgroup: Kiev remains silent on POW swap

Ukrainian side did not propose any options for a prisoners exchange during the meeting of the humanitarian subgroup of the Contact Group, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"LPR and DPR, during the meeting of the humanitarian subgroup of the Contact Group on Jan. 16, confirmed their readiness to hold an "all for all" POW swap. Ukrainian position remained the same – they did not provide any options concerning the liberation of detainees," she said.

The exchange of captives between the Donbass Republics and Ukraine is one of the key issues of Minsk Agreements. The document clearly stipulates "all for all" principle in relation to this matter.

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 — 18 January — Lugansk