22 December 2017, 13:46



Republics are willing to carry out field verification of the detainees - Kobtseva

LUGANSK, December 22 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Donbass Republics are willing to carry out a field verification of the detainees right on the contact line, said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

"The Ukrainian side is protracting the process because of the updates to the (exchange) lists they have provided to us. You know that there are claims that a part of the people declined to participate in the exchange. Another verification was suggested. The Republics had a definite position: we bring the POWs to the contact line and in the presence of a DPR and LPR representative those people confirm they refuse the exchange," she explained.

"The second thing is that part of those people – Ukraine has provided confirming documents – have already served their terms and are at liberty."

"The situation with the illegally detained persons and their exchange is being hampered by Ukraine. The LPR and the DPR fulfill their obligations," Kobtseva said.

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.

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 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 — 22 December — Lugansk