LUGANSK, February 14 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian representative Irina Gerashchenko walked out of the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup meeting in Minsk on Wednesday one after after it began, LPR representative in the humanitarian subgroup, head of the Republic’s working group on prisoner exchange Olga Kobtseva told Lugansk Media Centre.
“The humanitarian group’s work was actually foiled by Ukrainian representative Irina Geraschenko,” Kobtseva said. “She left the meeting one hour after its began without discussing the agenda issues such as prisoner exchange.”
Geraschenko was one hour late for the meeting, she added.
Prisoner exchange is a key point of the Minsk Agreements. Kobtseva earlier said she daily received more than 100 reports on persons detained in Ukraine and urged relatives of the missing persons to contact her office.
On 27 December, LPR, DPR and Ukraine carried out the biggest prisoner exchange in the past 14 months near Mayorsk crossing point on the contact line in DPR responsibility zone. LPR passed 16 detainees to Ukraine, and Kiev passed 73 people to LPR.
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 Donbass Republics heads assured the Russian leader that they were ready for the prisoner exchange.
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.
To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and
LuganskMediaCentre — 14 February — Lugansk