Ukraine backs out of exchange of prisoners with Donbass

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July 6, 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Politnavigator  – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

At the negotiation talks in Minsk, the Ukraine has disrupted the plan for a large exchange of prisoners. The vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Gerashchenko, made such a statement that the delegations of Russia and the Republics of Donbass had to leave the meeting.

“Irina Gerashchenko said that Kiev will hold talks on the exchange of prisoners only with the OSCE and not the” Russian occupier. “ In response, representatives of the Republic left the talks with the representative of the Russian Federation “, – said the Lugansk head of the working group on the exchange of prisoners of war, Olga Kobtseva.

Parliament Speaker pf the DPR, Denis Pushilin, expressed outrage at the Ukrainian side.

“Parties had to work hard to achieve results as quickly as possible. Mothers of children who are prisoners and other participants in the process had to overcome hundreds and even thousands of kilometers to collect them. Those months of languishing in the dungeons of Ukrainian prisons (often on spurious pretexts, or political reasons), subjected to degrading treatment, torture, without adequate health care, they deserve freedom. But Ukraine continues to delay the process, pushing more and more conditions that complicate the exchange. Moreover, the Ukrainian side did not consider it necessary to take into account not only the opinion of LPR, but the opinion of international humanitarian and human rights organizations.”

The delegation was forced to leave the meeting of the subgroup on humanitarian issues because of the refusal of the Ukrainian side to the exchange. 

The next meeting of negotiators will be held on July 19.

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