16 November 2017, 16:19



Plotnitskiy orders to make arrangements for LPR-Ukraine prisoner exchangе

LUGANSK, November 16 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR head Igor Plotnitskiy ordered the Republic’s representative in Contact Group humanitarian subgroup, head of LPR working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva to make arrangements for prisoner exchange with Ukraine.

In a telephone conversation with LPR and DPR leaders Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko on 15 November, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Ukrainian special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk’s initiative to carry out the 306 for 74 prisoner swap in the near future. The LPR head told the Russian president that the Lugansk People’s Republic was ready to discuss prisoner exchange issues and that it was awaiting Kiev’s reply to these initiatives.

“Soon it will be a year since nobody came back from that (Ukrainian) territory to our homeland, nor we have returned anybody to Ukraine,” Plotnitskiy said.

“You have to check the conditions in which the Ukrainian prisoners of war are kept and see if they have complaints or need medical assistance. “Record the complaints, if any, and forward them to me,” Plotnitskiy said.

“The handover should be civilized, as we’ve usually done. The people we’re returning to Ukraine should be healthy and in satisfactory condition; we hope that the people returned by Ukraine have been treated in the same manner , not as was the case before, you remember them returning badly clothed, hungry and bruised,” the LPR leader said.

Kobtseva noted that Ukrainian special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk did not attend the 15 November talks in Minsk and that (the Ukrainian representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup) Mrs (Irina) Gerashchenko did not have full knowledge of the situation.

“Gerashchenko said that they were ready to set free 313 people, whereas Mr Medvedchuk at the meeting (with the Russian president) said 306 people could be released,” she 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 12 February 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 — 16 November — Lugansk