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15 May 2019, 16:19

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LPR urges OSCE to assess Kiev's non-admittance of Frisch to detainees

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LUGANSK, May 15 (Lugansk Media Centre) – LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva urged the OSCE SMM to assess Kiev's refusal to admit the Coordinator of the Humanitarian working group Ambassador Toni Frisch to detainees kept in Ukraine.

Speaking after the videoconference of the humanitarian group held on Wednesday she said that the issue of non-admission was discussed and LPR insisted that "the OSCE SMM should assess the attitude of the Ukrainian side".

Earlier she said that Ukraine was discriminate towards Frisch's visit to our territory and completely impeded his visit to Ukraine and did not allow him to meet people LPR mentioned when talking to him.

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

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 15 May — Lugansk