27 December 2018, 11:38



LRP has tentative contact with Kiev over prisoner exchange - Pasechnik

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LUGANSK, December 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The contact with Kiev over prisoner exchange has been weak but stable, Lugansk People’s Republic Head Leonid Pasechnik said in an interview to the Lugansk Media Centre.

“We have not lost contact with Kiev over this issue (prisoner exchange); it’s weak but stable,” Pasechnik said. “However, our wish and diplomats’ efforts alone are not enough to reverse the situation.

“For Kiev, people are a bargaining chip. As long as things stay that way, it will be very difficult to change anything. But we not intend to stop working on it,” he said.

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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 27 December — Lugansk